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Venezuela announces two-day work week

Country is facing a major drought, which has reduced water levels t its main hydroelectric dam

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Publish Date: Apr 27 2016 3:08PM | Updated Date: Apr 27 2016 3:12PM

Venezuela announces two-day work week

 Venezuelan has imposed a two-day work week for public sector employees as a temporary measure to help it overcome a serious energy crisis.

Country’s Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz announced that civil servants should turn up for work only on Mondays and Tuesdays until the crisis gets over, a BBC report said on Wednesday.
Venezuela is facing a major drought, which has reduced water levels at its main hydroelectric dam.
Measures announced on national television by Isturiz affect two million public sector workers.
"There will be no work in the public sector on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays except for fundamental and necessary tasks," he said.
President Nicolas Maduro has already given most of Venezuela's 2.8 million state employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption.
He said Venezuela had been badly hit by the El Nino weather phenomenon and would return to normal when it starts raining again.
"We are managing the situation in the best possible way while we wait for the rains to return."
The government has taken a number of other measures to try to deal with the crisis. 
In February, shopping centres were told to reduce their opening hours and generate their own energy.
Government, earlier this week, put the clocks forward by half an hour to reduce demand for electricity in early evening.
Last week, it introduced power cuts for four hours a day.