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Rain Brings Relief to Venezuela's Drought

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:07 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela - The rainy season has brought timely relief to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who faced mounting opposition pressures as chronic drought threatened to shut down the country's power generation system.

At the height of the crisis earlier in 2010, caused by depleting water reserves that forced partial closure or malfunction of power generation turbines, Chavez publicly invoked the help of God and unveiled grandiose plans for manipulating clouds to induce rain.

Although the drought was widely seen behind Venezuela's crippling power blackouts, opposition critics of Chavez blamed the crisis on poor government planning and inadequate investment in power generation units.

More recently Chavez has said the country needs to diversify power generation sources and wants Venezuela's natural gas resources explored as an alternative to hydroelectric power.

Several small power-generation units have been put into operation in recent weeks but opposition critics say the measures are late and inadequate.

Venezuela's rainy reason is expected to last through mid-November if weather conditions don't change as they did in in 2009 with ruinous results for Venezuela's economy, Chavez's political reputation and credibility of the government's power generation strategy.

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