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Looting Begins As Venezuela Enters Its FIFTH Day Without Power

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Looting Begins As Venezuela Enters Its FIFTH Day Without Power

Looting Begins As Venezuela Enters Its FIFTH Day Without Power<:h3>

On Thursday, Venezuela’s power system went down, plunging most of the country, including Caracas, the capital, into complete darkness. It is going on the 5th day since 70% of the country has gone with out power and according to experts, there’s no end in sight.

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Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, said Sunday that 16 states continued to be completely without power, while six had partial power. He has blamed the blackout on an act of “sabotage” by the United States at the Guri hydroelectric dam, but experts believe It is the outcome of years of underinvestment.

Seventeen people have died in the massive power outage, nine of whom were waiting for emergency medical attention. Hospitals can’t even use emergency generators because of Venezuela’s ongoing fuel shortage. The electricity shortage is also in addition to food and medicine shortages. Pictures show supermarkets in the capital have been left ransacked by desperate residents as they struggle to find food. Despite the current state of the country, security forces have detained a number of people who were caught looting on Sunday, according to Daily Mail.

National Assembly leader Juan Guaido said he will ask the Venezuelan legislature to declare a ‘state of alarm’ in order to request international aid amid the massive power outage.

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