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    Venezuelan Gov't Making Efforts to Restore Electricity Within Few Hours - Maduro

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Venezuelan authorities are making every effort so that the national electricity supply system can be restored within a few hours, the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Sunday.

    "The national power supply system has been subject to numerous cyberattacks, which led to its disruption and prevented attempts to restore it. Nevertheless, we are making great efforts to finally establish stable power supply within few hours," Maduro wrote on Twitter.

    ​READ MORE: Maduro Says One Venezuelan Energy Facility Suffered Cyber Attack on Saturday

    The blackout swept Venezuela on Thursday as national electricity supplier Corpoelec reported about "sabotage" at the major Guri hydroelectric power plant. Media subsequently reported about power outages in 21 out or 23 Venezuela's states. Maduro blamed the United States for waging an energy war against Venezuela. Washington denied having a role in the crisis.

    Amid the blackout on Saturday, Maduro ordered to distribute food among the country's citizens starting from Monday. Separately, he ordered to provide assistance to hospitals across the country and to guarantee the delivery of drinking water to the houses of Venezuelans.

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