#Brazil : ” High Demand on Power Supplies `During Low Rainfall ‘could `Spell Trouble’ during `World Cup’ in June”

#AceWorldNews says Several Brazilian states reported power outages Tuesday, as high demand coupled with worries over energy supplies during a time of low rainfall led national grid operator ONS to warn of “disruption” in the north, south-east and south of the country.
Media reports suggest around three million people across 11 states, including Rio de Janeiro, have seen supplies cut, according to AFP. ONS reported the cut lasted about 40 minutes before a gradual return to normal levels. High temperatures in the south contributed to a record-high day of demand on Monday.
Low rainfall, though, has “nothing to do with the demands of the system,” mines and energy ministry executive secretary Marcio Zimmermann insisted.
The power outage concerns some in Brazil given the nation is set to host World Cup action in June.

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