Brazil: Riots, Robberies as Blackout Leaves Entire State with No Electricity or Water

Brazil: Riots, Robberies as Blackout Leaves Entire State with No Electricity or Water


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The state of Amapá, Brazil — on the nation’s northeastern border — has had nearly no access to electricity after a storm took out its power grid on November 3. As of Thursday, government officials say 80 percent of the state will have some electricity, but residents complain that they are now running out of food and water, rationing drinking water and foregoing showers.

At its peak, 90 percent of Amapá had no electricity whatsoever. Even as the government claims the restoration of electricity to 80 percent of the state, the plant supplying the power will only offer electricity in “rotations” so that every part of the state gets a few hours of power.

The local government will soon reportedly launch a new rotation schedule, outlets reported on Thursday, in which parts of the state will receive electricity only in three-to-four hour blocks, then the power will be diverted to another

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