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In pictures: Lights go out in Venezuela's capital Caracas

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Venezuela is currently in shut down as the country's worst ever power cut continues into its second day, causing all schools and workplaces to close.

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The power cut started on Thursday evening in the midst of rush hour, plunging the capital of Caracas into darkness as commuters attempted to make their way home.

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The power cut comes amid a political crisis, with president Nicolás Maduro facing a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaidó. President Maduro has blocked humanitarian aid from entering the country, leading to food shortages.

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The power cut has caused phone networks to stop operating, shops to close and flights to be diverted from the main Caracas airport.

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Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez urged Venezuelans to have "a little bit of patience", assuring them that service would be restored in a few hours.

"If you're in your home, stay in your home. If you're in a protected space or at work, it's better for you to stay there," he said.

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On Thursday night, buses were particularly crowed as commuters avoided walking home through the dark streets of Caracas.

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As the metro service in Caracas continued to be on hold into Friday, the streets were filled with people travelling by foot.

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People have been queuing up in the streets to charge their phone using solar power.

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  • Electricity
  • Venezuela
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