Caracas, Mar 11 : The Venezuelan army has introduced an air surveillance system over the country's power lines to protect the energy system and prevent further incidents, Venezuela’s Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said.
"The Venezuelan national armed forces launched an air surveillance system for power lines, and since Sunday they have occupied all strategic facilities ... for physical protection at various levels in order to stabilise the system and prevent any other attacks," Lopez said on Sunday.
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.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the United States for waging an energy war against Venezuela. Washington denied having a role in the crisis. (UNI)