Venezuela faces blackout, water crisis

Opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro exchange blame for the nationwide blackout.
1:58 | 03/13/19

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Transcript for Venezuela faces blackout, water crisis
Move now to the growing crisis in Venezuela ABC's timing on this is in Caracas now. Byron Venezuelan government has kept schools and businesses closed here for nearly a week now. Electricity is coming on in parts of the country but these without power has -- new crisis. All water crisis we saw this firsthand on the streets of Caracas essentially neighborhoods. Gathering. Around a quarter of a street and been going on drew ground because there was a water pipe. Down below the tap into these water pipes and they get fresh water the reason why they're knocking that fresh water to their homes because there's no electricity so the water pumps are no longer working but we saw first hand yet young men jumping down. Up especially crawling around these pipes tapping into the pipes. I've been getting whatever water they canned. Families women and children waiting for hours just to get some fresh water on the flip side we also saw people. In Caracas going to a river that is polluted. To essentially I get any type of liquidity type of water to Thabeet in some cases took to wash their clothes. But again Byron this is a river that runs through Caracas that is. That has sewage water inside of it so it shows you that the the dire situation here in Venice while. Now Nicholas manure the Venezuelan president has gone statement TV and blamed the United States. Along with you one Y don't be in trump president that the US acknowledges is a leader but as well up. For the electrical problems seem to sabotage is that US hackers somehow tapped into the system while he's provided no proof the US has denied. All culpability and secretary of state Mike Pompeo said. The reason why the power grid here has failed was because of but do rose incompetence. And they also said that if anything happens to one white note he would be arrested. Or something were to happen to him that would escalate the tensions here so people here but as well at trying to live their lives it is so difficult right now. But again the only positive sign is that the power is coming on in parts of this country. Byron back to you. Our Tom elements in Caracas Tom thank you so much.

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