Water and power drying up in Venezuela due to droughtStaff writer ▼ | April 27, 2016
Only when it rains, as it has done these last few days in Caracas, can the locals in Venezuela bathe directly under the falling rain or catch it in buckets.
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Authorities said the rains, which have eased the drought in some poor areas, are only temporary and will be insufficient to fill the reservoirs that supply the nation.
Water in Guri Dam, which serves the main hydroelectric plant in the country, stands at 141.86 meters (465 feet), several meters (yards) below its critical level for remaining operational, and continues to drop at the rate of some 15 centimeters (6 inches) a day.
As the water level in reservoirs plunges, every week the government calls on people to save energy, measures that are most painful for the poor and those living in rural areas.
The guidelines for saving electricity have included ending the workday in public offices at 1 p.m., closing them on Fridays, and measures that make stores open at noon.
The latest step taken has been to decree 40 days of power cuts lasting four hours a day nationwide, except in Caracas, which was announced last Thursday by Electric Energy Minister Luis Motta Dominguez.
The electricity rationing that began this Monday seeks to slow down the rate of descent of Guri Dam’s water level until the expected rainy season begins in mid-May. ■