Venezuela has been hit by another massive power cut with the capital, Caracas, among the areas affected.
Power was slowly being restored after the blackout reportedly hit 16 of the country’s 23 states as well as Caracas.
President Nicolas Maduro blamed the outage on a U.S.-sponsored “electromagnetic attack” against the nation’s biggest hydroelectric dam, without providing evidence.
More recently Venezuela officials have even taken to downplaying the outages as similar to recent ones in Argentina and even one that knocked off the power for several thousand residents of Manhattan for a few hours amid the summer heat.
But his opponents said the outage laid bare years of underinvestment in the nation’s grid by corrupt officials who mismanaged an oil bonanza in the nation sitting atop the world’s largest crude reserves.
Having traveled to Venezuela four years ago on a protection detail, I can tell you from first-hand experiences that being in a blacked out in Venezuela is the most horrific predicament a human being could ever experience. It is by far one of the most dangerous places on the planet with more than 25,000 unsolved murders every year, and that is with the lights on.
In fact, one of the barrios we passed through had an average of 50 murders a week.
One thing I can tell you for sure if the power is not back on within a week there is going to be a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.