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Power outages across Venezuela causing misery for millions

Venezuelan officials today reported blackouts across the country, as a result of opposition leaders collapse, causing misery for millions.

Juan Guaido is being investigated for allegedly attempting to destroy the national power grid, but there are questions as to whether the authorities are aggressive enough to move against a man who carries a heavy support from the United States.

Guaido who is trying to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power, blames the corruption for nearly a week of nationwide blackouts.

Guaido says the blackouts have deprived the already struggling population of electricity, water and communications.

Venezuelan’s information minister, Jorge Rodriguez, told Associated Press that the power grid had almost been completely restored and water services are to be back up and running. However, anecdotal reports say otherwise as the outages continues.

Long lines of people were gathered at the spring in the mountains of Caracas, collecting water in bottles because the water pumps are still out of service without power.

The Presidents cousin, Argimiro Maduro, attempted to enter neighbouring country Colombia, alongside his spouse, children and extended family.

The family fled in hopes to seek relief but permission was denied

Colombian residents will not allow the Maduro family holiday while "avoiding the reality of people in agony," Colombia’s migration director Christian Kruger told Associated Press.

The power cuts have caused a massive crime-spree across the city of Maracaibo, where locals have taken part in looting since Sunday.

Nearly half of the 270 shops in Sambil Mall have dismantled doors and smashed windows.

Guaido is already under investigation for alleged instigation of violence but the interim leader has not been detained nor have authorities tried to detain him since he violated a ban on leaving the country.

A week ago Guaido returned from a Latin American tour and then appeared at a Caracas demonstration on Tuesday where he told supporters that Maduro’s government will fall.

Authorities have detained a Venuzuelan journalist and activist Luis Carlos Diaz, after being accused by a pro-government leader to have caused the blackouts.

A human rights activitst told Associated Press that Mr Diaz' belongings including computers and cellphones were confiscated from his home shortly after.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said "all options are on the table" in his support for Guaido.

Maduro's government cut ties early this year as the U.S. administration expressed their recognition of Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader.

A stand also supported by about 50 other countries.

The United States office said it was withdrawing its last diplomats still in Caracas, adding tension to the fate of Venezuela.

Juan Guaidó (left) who has declared himself 'acting president' and President Nicolás Maduro. Source: Associated Press