CARACAS – Venezuelan authorities partially reestablished electric power in parts of Caracas and the neighboring states of Miranda and Vargas on Monday afternoon, after those areas were hit with a blackout earlier in the day.
“After making a check, it was discovered that at the Santa Teresa substation in the Tuy Valleys (in north-central Miranda state) a cable some 5-6 meters (16-20 feet) long linking the substation ... with the transmission towers had become detached,” said Electric Energy Minister Luis Motta.
The minister made his remarks on state-run VTV television, but did not say why the cable had become detached, thus paralyzing a good part of the Venezuelan capital’s commercial and financial district.
Power blackouts are an ongoing problem across a good part of Venezuela, although not so much in the capital. Nevertheless, the country’s largest city found itself affected by such a situation on Monday.
“#NOW personnel working hard to reestablish service progressively in zones of Caracas, Vargas and Miranda. We thank you for your understanding,” said the state-run electricity company Corpoelec on its official Twitter account.
The social network was filled with comments about the blackout using the hashtag #sinluz (no light) with some people reporting that the Caracas metro was also affected.