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With No Power, People Are Living Off the Grid in Venezuela

World | Reuters | August 1, 2018, 4:54 pm
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 Across Maracaibo, the capital of Venezuela's largest state, residents unplug refrigerators to guard against power surges. Many only buy the food they will consume the same day. Others regularly sleep outside. (Image: Reuters)

Across Maracaibo, the capital of Venezuela's largest state, residents unplug refrigerators to guard against power surges. Many only buy the food they will consume the same day. Others regularly sleep outside. (Image: Reuters)

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 The rolling blackouts in the state of Zulia pile more misery on Venezuelans living under the fifth year of an economic crisis that has sparked malnutrition, hyperinflation and mass emigration. (Image: Reuters)

The rolling blackouts in the state of Zulia pile more misery on Venezuelans living under the fifth year of an economic crisis that has sparked malnutrition, hyperinflation and mass emigration. (Image: Reuters)

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 People use light from phones while they walk on the staircase of a building during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

People use light from phones while they walk on the staircase of a building during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 The OPEC member's once-thriving socialist economy has collapsed since the 2014 fall of oil prices. (Image: Reuters)

The OPEC member's once-thriving socialist economy has collapsed since the 2014 fall of oil prices. (Image: Reuters)

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"I never thought I would have to go through this," said bakery worker Cindy Morales, 36, her eyes welling with tears. (Image: Reuters)

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 Bread for sale is seen in a shelf of the bakery of Annie Salazar at Rafael Urdaneta slum in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

Bread for sale is seen in a shelf of the bakery of Annie Salazar at Rafael Urdaneta slum in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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"I don't have food, I don't have power, I don't have money." (Image: Reuters)

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 Zulia, the historic heart of Venezuela's energy industry that was for decades known for opulent oil wealth, has been plunged into darkness for several hours a day since March, sometimes leaving its 3.7 million residents with no electricity for up to 24 hours. (Image: Reuters)

Zulia, the historic heart of Venezuela's energy industry that was for decades known for opulent oil wealth, has been plunged into darkness for several hours a day since March, sometimes leaving its 3.7 million residents with no electricity for up to 24 hours. (Image: Reuters)

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 Elizabeth Altuve climbs the stairs at the occupied building where she lives in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

Elizabeth Altuve climbs the stairs at the occupied building where she lives in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 Traffic and pedestrians are seen at sunset during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

Traffic and pedestrians are seen at sunset during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 Electrical posts and power lines are seen at sunset during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

Electrical posts and power lines are seen at sunset during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 People block a street in protest during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

People block a street in protest during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 A woman holds a banner that reads

A woman holds a banner that reads "In Zulia what we have are blackouts for granted" in front of a facility of the national electricity company Corpoelec during a protest against chronic blackouts and shortages of water in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 A man walks out an alley at Las Pulgas market in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

A man walks out an alley at Las Pulgas market in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 Cindy Morales pulls a mattress out of a room at her home during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

Cindy Morales pulls a mattress out of a room at her home during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 People use light from phones while they help Olimpia Mora, who is in a wheelchair, to go out from a building during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

People use light from phones while they help Olimpia Mora, who is in a wheelchair, to go out from a building during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 People speak in front of a restaurant at a shopping mall as they wait for the power to be restored during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

People speak in front of a restaurant at a shopping mall as they wait for the power to be restored during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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 A private security guard stands close to the entrance of a parking garage during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

A private security guard stands close to the entrance of a parking garage during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)

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