The South American country of the northern coast, Venezuela faces frequent blackouts. The citizens of Venezuela have grown accustomed to the daily power-cuts which has been interrupting with daily businesses and routine chores.
Although immediate attributes can be drawn from terrorist attacks and sabotage crisis with the US, a spokesperson from electric substation drew attention to a different truth; lack of maintenance and poor investment. According to reports, the electric substation had experienced an explosion of a transformer only a month ago, this was one of the reasons that aggravated the despair condition of power supply in the country. Moreover, electric pylons were not in the best of shape, plant creepers have grown on the electric wires, weighing them down and causing the cables to sag.
A spokesperson from the fire department said in a statement in the wake of the dire condition of basic power equipment supply, “The weeds make the equipment vulnerable to wildfires and sometimes their weight makes them fall over completely.” The weeds have grown over electric pylons to such a degree that one is not able to make a pylon from a tree.
The spokesperson added that the power supply to the entire city of Puerto La Cruz was provided through such electricity pylons. The condition has affected the families to a great extent. “We cannot keep food. If the electricity doesn’t come back, it will all be rotten. The lack of food, the lack of medicines and now the lack of power. Sometimes you break down, but you have to carry on,” said one of the natives from the country.
“Sabotage-it’s a lie. If the government had paid attention to all the warnings on time, this wouldn’t be happening. They are the ones to blame,” said another citizen.
Tensions between the Venezuelan and the US governments have been prevalent for many years, however, since January 23, 2019, there are no formal diplomatic ties between the two governments.