Massive Power Cuts Had Minimal Impact On ICRC's Work In Venezuela - Regional Office Head

Massive Power Cuts Had Minimal Impact on ICRC's Work in Venezuela - Regional Office Head

Recent power outages that gripped many of Venezuela's states earlier in March had no substantial impact on aid operations carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Latin American country, Jordi Raich Curco, the head of the ICRC regional delegation in Mexico and Central America, told Sputnik

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th March, 2019) Recent power outages that gripped many of Venezuela's states earlier in March had no substantial impact on aid operations carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Latin American country, Jordi Raich Curco, the head of the ICRC regional delegation in Mexico and Central America, told Sputnik.

"No, not substantially for us. It had a big impact on hospitals, it had a big impact on the population, it had a big impact on us as well, but fortunately it was not long enough to have an impact on our aid operations. Operations for the time being continue as planned," Raich Curco said when asked whether power cuts affected the ICRC's work.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has blamed the United States for attacking Venezuela's power grid.

As of now, the power supply has been mostly restored in the country.

These power outages came amid Venezuela's ongoing political crisis, which started in January when lawmaker Juan Guaido was elected as the leader of opposition-led National Assembly, whose authority has not been recognized by other government branches since 2016. After his election was annulled by the Venezuelan Supreme Court, Guaido proclaimed himself the "interim president" of Venezuela.

Maduro, who was sworn in for his second presidential term on January 10 after winning the May election, which part of the opposition boycotted, called Guaido's move an attempt to stage a coup orchestrated by Washington.

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