This Is What A Country In The Midst Of A Massive Blackout Looks Like

Nearly half of Venezuela has been paralyzed by major power failures.

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As many as nine of Venezuela’s 23 states were plunged into darkness during massive power failures across the country on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Even the capital, Caracas, which is usually unaffected by power outages, was hit by the blackout.

The deputy energy minister, Franco Silva, blamed failures on several transmission lines, reported the Associated Press. Delays in electricity initiatives were also partially responsible even as authorities suggested that government enemies could have sabotaged the grid.

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Employees of a shop closed due to the blackout wait for power to be re-established in Caracas.

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A woman works during the blackout in Caracas.

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Supermarket employees wait for power to be restored during the blackout.

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A local store without power in Caracas.

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Shoppers wait inside a darkened mall during the massive blackout.

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A notice reading ‘Closed due to power failure’ is seen on the door of a closed business in Caracas.

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People stand in the corridor of a building during the blackout in Caracas.

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Women at a hairdressing salon in Caracas.

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Women wait inside a building during the blackout.

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An employee of a business closed during the blackout stands behind the door with a notice reading ‘There’s no Light.’

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People wait for public transportation on a street in Caracas.

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Players from Paraguay and Dominican Republic warm up while they wait for the power to return after the blackout during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas.

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Fans wait for play to resume at a FIBA Americas Championship basketball game during the power outage in Caracas.

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