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At least 14,711 power failures were recorded in Venezuela during the month of May, which represents a power outage every three minutes, according to data provided to Efe on Monday by the Committee of People Affected by Power Outages, an independent entity that documents service interruptions.
The figure shows an increase of 32% of the failures compared to April, when 11,138 power cuts were recorded, for a total of 39,272 in the first 5 months of the year.
The regions most affected by service failures were Zulia, with 3,155 failures; followed by Mérida, with 931, and Táchira, with 832 service interruptions.
Last June 3, the Venezuelan Observatory of Public Services (OVSP) stated that, during May, 62.4% of the citizens in 12 Venezuelan cities rated the electric service negatively, mainly due to fluctuations and intermittencies.
The dictatorship maintains that the electric failures are the fault of external attacks, planned by the United States and Colombia, on the hydroelectric power plants.
In 2020, at least 157,719 service interruptions were reported, a figure that represents an increase of 86 % compared to 2019. And in 2021, 190,006 were documented, an increase of 20.4% over the previous year, according to the Committee of People Affected by Power Outages.