Jul 23, 2019

Venezuela hit by widespread blackouts

People are silhouetted by the lights of a vehicle as they cross a street in Caracas on July 22.

Caracas is one of several places in Venezuela hit by a massive power cut. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Caracas and other parts of Venezuela were plunged into darkness after a massive power cut Monday night, AFP reports.

Why it matters: It's brought back fears of a return to blackouts that left millions of Venezuelans without water and communications access in March, per AP, which notes President Nicolás Maduro's government has again accused opponents of sabotaging the hydroelectric power system in the latest outage. The opposition blamed government mismanagement.

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