Minister says Brazil’s energy and water crisis has been “overcome”

Brazil's Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Albuquerque said Thursday that Brazil has overcome last year's severe water and energy crisis, the most serious in the past 91 years, although he admitted that the situation still demands "attention."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "The country has overcome the energy crisis, we had neither rationing nor blackouts. It was very different from what happened in Brazil in 2001," when energy supply and distribution was compromised throughout the country, the Minister assured during a live broadcast alongside Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Last year's severe drought left the Brazilian hydroelectric dams, responsible for the majority of energy consumed in the country, at minimum levels and forced the government to activate reserve thermoelectric plants and to implement energy consumption measures for fear of a blackout or rationing.

While not mentioning the blackouts . . .

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