Venezuela plans nationwide blackout

2010-01-13 18:58 BJT

Venezuela's government has imposed rolling blackouts throughout the country to combat a major energy crisis. The policy is expected to be in effect for quite some time.

Venezuelan officials announced on Tuesday the nationwide electricity rationing will last at least until May. Even schools and small health clinics will be hit.

Angel Rodriguez, Venezuelan Electricity Minister, said, "The rationing plan we will apply will consist of two or four hour blackouts every other day."

Rolling blackouts will begin in the capital of Caracas on Wednesday.

Police officers control traffic during a partial blackout in Caracas January 13, 2010. Officials announced the nationwide electricity rationing lasting at least until May on Tuesday and said even schools and small health clinics would be affected in South America's top oil exporter. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Police officers control traffic during a partial blackout in 
Caracas January 13, 2010. Officials announced the nationwide 
electricity rationing lasting at least until May on Tuesday 
and said even schools and small health clinics would be 
affected in South America's top oil exporter. 
REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins