The capital of 'the most miserable country in the world' could be about to go dark

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The capital of Venezuela, Caracas, could be about to go dark.

The problem is Caracas' power source. According to Bloomberg, the Guri Dam, a hydro electric power plant, has seen its water levels dip precipitously low. An engineer who managed the plant in the 1980s said there could be rolling blackouts in Caracas by late April.

"At the current rhythm, the minimum level to operate the 8 turbines could be reached by April 30," Cesar Cardozo told Bloomberg. "That date could be extended into May if more severe rationing is implemented."

See photos of the city from previous blackouts:

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The capital of 'the most miserable country in the world' could be about to go dark
A man uses light from his phone to find his car during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities as authorities scrambled to restore electricity after the outage, which twice interrupted a presidential broadcast. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY)
A man tries to enter his car at the basement parking lot of a building during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities as authorities scrambled to restore electricity after the outage, which twice interrupted a presidential broadcast. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: ENERGY POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A woman tries to walk out of a building during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities as authorities scrambled to restore electricity after the outage, which twice interrupted a presidential broadcast. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY)
People walk on the street during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities as authorities scrambled to restore electricity after the outage, which twice interrupted a presidential broadcast. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: ENERGY POLITICS)
Restaurant workers try to finish up orders in the kitchen during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said authorities were seeking more information on a blackout that has cut electricity in various parts of the country, speaking in a live television broadcast that was twice interrupted by the problem. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: ENERGY POLITICS FOOD)
People try to get in a bus after subway services were halted during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities as authorities scrambled to restore electricity after the outage, which twice interrupted a presidential broadcast. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: ENERGY POLITICS TRANSPORT)
People walk on a street during a blackout in Caracas December 2, 2013. A power blackout plunged the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, and other cities around the nation into darkness on Monday night, residents said. Venezuela has been suffering periodic electricity cuts around the country for several years, although the capital has been spared the worst problems. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY SOCIETY)
People wait on the street for the power to return after a blackout in Caracas December 2, 2013. A power blackout plunged the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, and other cities around the nation into darkness on Monday night, residents said. Venezuela has been suffering periodic electricity cuts around the country for several years, although the capital has been spared the worst problems. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY SOCIETY)
People sit outside a shopping mall during a massive blackout in Caracas September 3, 2013. A blackout hit much of Venezuela including the capital Caracas on Tuesday, but the oil industry was not affected and the government said it expected power to be restored within hours. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER)
A man sits down to have lunch by candlelight, during a massive blackout in Caracas September 3, 2013. A large-scale blackout on Tuesday affected a great part of the capital Caracas and various states of the country, affected locals told Reuters. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: SOCIETY DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A security guard walks past an exit door as he waits for the power to return after a blackout during the FIBA Americas Championship basketball game between Paraguay and Dominican Republic in Caracas September 3, 2013. A large-scale blackout on Tuesday affected a great part of the capital Caracas and various states of the country, affected locals told Reuters. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENERGY)
Players from Paraguay and Dominican Republic warm up while they wait for the power to return after a blackout during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas September 3, 2013. A large-scale blackout on Tuesday affected a great part of the capital Caracas and various states of the country, affected locals told Reuters. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
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Rationing in all aspects of Venezuelan life has already been severe for years. Citizens wait in long lines for everything from toilet paper to corn meal. Some, including Johns Hopkins professor Steven Hanke, calculate inflation at near 300%. That is why Hanke dubbed Venezuela "the most miserable country in the world."

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The electricity crisis is so bad, that President Nicolas Maduro gave the country an additional three days off over Easter to conserve energy.

In true Venezuelan government fashion, however, the country's leadership is blaming their political opposition for this issue.

Electricity minister Luis Motta Dominguez pointed out earlier this month that protests started around the time when the electricity system started showing signs of weakness.

"What ... a coincidence, no," he said. "A plan was put in place."

Of course major protests against the Nicolas Maduro's socialist government have been drawing massive, sometimes violent, crowds since 2014.

In recent elections, Maduro's party lost control of the legislature, and yesterday it passed legislation giving amnesty to jailed political prisoners from over the years — the most famous of them being Harvard educated politician, Leopoldo Lopez.

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