Rolling blackouts in Venezuela have been major news recently, and the effects have been devastating. Along with angering the citizens of the country, people who are already pushed to their brink due to struggles to obtain enough basic supplies and medicine just to get by, they are now suffering through blackouts that last at least 4 hours at a time.
The country has spent most of it’s time relying heavily on it’s rich supply of oil, but recent dramatic price drops have caused a serious economical disaster for the country that now faces not just a lack of money to support its citizens but a drought making it almost impossibly for the hydroelectric dam to create enough power for all the people. The blackouts have created other problems for the people. Something as simple as a hair cut for one citizen was cut short, half way through, due to a blackout. Sure, he’ll return later to get the other half of the hair cut done, but what about the barber who needs his business to pay his bills and buy food as well as pay his employees? What about the shopping malls and movie theaters that have seen massive price drops because they can’t function without power? An article detailed the decline in the industry and the massive impact it’s having on the country here.
Dr. Jose Manuel Gonzalez waits for power to return so he can use his tools to work and generate income, income he needs to feed his family. To get by, they have mostly been eating bananas and fish when they can catch them. Not only is it difficult for him to make a simple living without power, but the constant on and off of power has caused irregular surges in currents that have burned out the resistors on televisions and refrigerators.
To top it all off, a country that needs to generate income more than ever, that needs citizens to be able to work and make a living in something other than oil, has now curtailed its citizens and crippled them with no power. “The blackouts affect all productions of goods and services and increase the scarcity of things the citizens need to get by” says Gonzalez.
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