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Heatwave Brings Record Breaking Energy Demand

By Alfred Rinaldi, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Parts of Rio de Janeiro have seen electricity blackouts as soaring temperatures push demand to record-breaking levels. In Rio's Rocinha, some areas had to make do without power for up to four days causing sleepless nights, while the failure of refrigeration systems led to losses of perishable foodstuffs.

Grocer Nivaldo de Souza told O Globo: "On Thursday, I lost 70kg of meat due to the power failure. I tried to get Light [Rio's electricity supplier] to reconnect the transformers. In the end, I fixed the problem myself using . . .

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