Venezuela in the dark

Venezuela in the dark

Editorial Staff
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The work week has been cut to 2 days. The government blames the severe draught that has hit the country but the opposition calls for Maduro's resignation

Venezuela rations light and electricity cutting the work schedule for public offices to just 2 days a week. This unprecedented energy crisis is forcing one of Latin America’s richest countries, in terms of oil reserves, to drastically cut its energy consumption. "There will be no work in the public sector on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, except for fundamental and necessary tasks," explained Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz, adding that schools will be closed on Fridays. According to the government, the reason behind this decision is the drought cause by El Nino, the warm wind which has dramatically reduced water levels in the basin of the country’s largest damn, the Guri di Bolivar, in the Southeast, that produces 70% of Venezuela’s electricity and where the water has reached the lowest possible level for functionality.
The energy crisis has had an impact also on politics, with a petition of signatures by the opposition started the day after the blackout to call for the government’s resignation. While on social media the hashtag #MaduroEsOscuridad is trending.