Massive Blackout Continues in Venezuela

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Published on March 11, 2019 - Duration: 00:54s
A power outage in parts of Venezuela continues for a fifth day.
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Massive Blackout Continues in Venezuela

Venezuela's opposition leader is prepared to call for a "state of national emergency" as blackouts continue across most of the country for the fifth day.

Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself interim president, is expected to make the call Monday during a special session of parliament.

He told  CNN on Sunday  16 states have no power and six states have partial power.

Guaidó says at least  17 people have died  at hospitals during the outage.

"You can say with all responsibility that Venezuela has already collapsed," he said.

Blame for the blackout is being pointed in multiple directions.

President Nicolás Maduro alleges the U.S. carried out an "international cyberattack."  But  Guaidó says it's the product of "the corruption of a regime that doesn't care about the lives of Venezuelans." The U.S. also says the outages are "the result of the Maduro regime's incompetence." Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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