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government in Venezuela has taken drastic step to try and deal with country's growing energy problems. It has initiated two-day working week for all state employees. Public workers had already been working four days week after officials made Fridays no-work day two months ago. country's 2.8 million public workers will now have five days off week. President Nicolas Maduro addressed nation in televised statement, saying: "From tomorrow, for at least two weeks, we are going to have Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as non-working days for public sector." Employees were told they would still be paid in full, despite greatly reduced working week.

government is blaming current energy crisis on droughts and El Nino weather patterns. Water levels in hydroelectric dams are dangerously low. Mr Maduro likened Guri region, home to nation's biggest dam, to desert. Critics of president say ineffective management, inadequate investment and corruption are behind current mess. The country's 30 million people are facing daily disruptions to their lives. Women have been asked to use hair dryers less and shopping malls have to rely on their own electricity generators. Electricity is being rationed in most of country. The president even turned clocks back thirty minutes to provide half--hour of extra evening sunlight.

 
 

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