Venezuela crisis triggers power outages in Brazil’s northernmost state

Venezuela crisis triggers power outages in Brazil's northernmost state
Venezuela crisis. Photo: Diariocritico de Venezuela/Flickr

Roraima, Brazil’s northernmost state, is the only Brazilian state not connected to the national power grid. Roughly 70 percent of the state’s energy supply comes from Venezuela and is transmitted through a line opened back in 2001. As its neighboring country battles a full-scale crisis, Roraima has suffered from constant power outages. Between August and October, 17 blackouts were registered by a Federal Monitoring Committee.

Venezuela has been haunted by multiple interconnected crises. The country’s inflation is expected to close this year at 679.73 percent. Meanwhile, President Nicolás Maduro has only focused his efforts on keeping himself in power. As...

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