Event Report

Base data

Event code CM-CCI/01229/VEN
Main category Complex Emergency
Sub category collapsed critical infrastructure
Event date (UTC) Wed, 08 Jul 2020 06:30:08 +0000
Last update (UTC) Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:21:06 +0000
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites).

Geolocation

Continent South-America
Country Venezuela
Administration area Multiple location
Settlement
Exact location Nation-wide
Open Location Code: 67RMJHGM+CG
Size of affected area Nationwide event
Additional events None or not detected.

Common Alerting Protocol Information

Urgency Past
Certainty Observed
Severity Extreme
Category Infra

Event details

Erratic power outages were reported in Venezuela's capital and several states Monday evening. The nation's state electrical company said on Twitter that “an event in the electrical system” had affected power in parts of Caracas as well as states to the west. No further details were provided. On social media, some Venezuelans said the lights had flickered on and off several times while in other areas they were still in the dark. Corpoelec later said power had been restored in 90 percent of Caracas. Internet monitoring organization NetBlocks reported that over a dozen states had experienced some degree of the outage, with the electrical service being temporarily restored and then going off before turning back on again. “Venezuela''s power fluctuations continue as of 10 p.m. local time, with a double-dip now experienced in most states,” the service said. Power outages have become frequent in Venezuela, and some states, particularly those in western Venezuela, regularly experience prolonged blackouts. In 2019, a nationwide blackout left millions without power for a week. Former electrical company workers, experts, and opposition leaders blame President Nicolás Maduro for failing to maintain the nation's grid. The socialist leader, meanwhile, often claims the outages are attacks to force him from power.

Situation update

As the daily number of COVID-19 cases reported in Venezuela continues to accelerate, reaching its quickest pace in recent weeks, concerns regarding the country’s health system have continued to increase. The country’s severe economic crisis has crippled the healthcare system, with many facilities lacking the basic supplies needed to prevent infection and treat illness, and continuing to suffer from constant blackouts, making it difficult to treat and care for patients. The economic crisis has also led to severe shortages of medicines, personal protective equipment (PPE), bleach, disinfectant, and soap, leaving doctors, nurses, hospital and clinic workers at risk. According to local reports, 71 health workers died between July 1 and August 16 alone. The country has also been facing a severe shortage of healthcare personnel due to the ongoing crisis. In recent years, many thousands of doctors and nurses are among the estimated 5 million Venezuelans who have migrated abroad, leaving the country with scarce human resources to face the pandemic. Official figures of 68,453 confirmed cases and 564 deaths in Venezuela are relatively low compared with many of its South American neighbors—including Colombia, where 765,076 confirmed cases and 24,208 deaths have been recorded. After COVID-19 lockdowns in Colombia drove thousands of Venezuelan migrants to return to their country, Venezuela initially instituted an “open arms” policy and invited citizens to return freely. However, as infection rates have increased, the government decided to restrict the number of returnees permitted to enter the country, with only 200 to 300 Venezuelans currently allowed to return daily. This wave of returnees has overwhelmed the border region, meaning many Venezuelans may be stuck along the border for several days. The pandemic has only further exacerbated the political and socio-economic crisis in Venezuela. Hyperinflation and increased prices have greatly reduced households’ access to food, medicines, and basic goods. The population has become increasingly poor, with more people falling below the poverty line. In 2020, the poverty rate has reached 76%. Food security and health are key priorities for the region. According to the World Food Program (WFP), one out of every three Venezuelans is food-insecure and in need of urgent assistance.

FAST FACTS

- In Venezuela, there have been 68,453 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of September 23, along with 564 deaths. Experts are concerned that this may be an underestimate, due to limited testing and reporting.
- More than 7 million people in the country need humanitarian assistance.

Casualties

Number of dead: 0 person(s)
Number of injured: 0 person(s)
Number of Affected: 0 person(s)
Number of Rescued/evacuated: 0 person(s)
Number of Missing: 0 person(s)
Number of Infected: 0 person(s)

Event Specific Details


[Complex Emergency - collapsed critical infrastructure]

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Risk Analisys

Nearest marine ports There is no known marine port nearby.
Nearest airports There is no known marine port nearby.
Nearest nuclear power plant There is no known nuclear power plant nearby.

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