Presentation to Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council: Blackouts in Venezuela

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Venezuela's longest-ever blackout, which began on March 7 and lasted until at least March 12 in most of the country, aggravated an already dire humanitarian situation, resulting in more than 20 deaths, widespread water shortages, the collapse of public transportation and communication systems, the looting of hundreds of businesses, and massive economic losses, including vast amounts of rotten food. Lisa Viscidi presented on how grave government mismanagement of the power sector debilitated Venezuela's grid, making electricity rationing a routine and power failures commonplace, to a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

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