Colombia on Brink of Blackout as El Nino Dries Reservoirs: Chart

Colombia risks nationwide blackouts for the first time in a quarter century as water levels in reservoirs plunge amid a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon. The government said it will decide in the next days whether energy rationing is warranted, in a country where hydropower accounts for about two thirds of generation capacity. Bancolombia estimates that 2016 economic growth may be 0.3 percentage point slower, assuming power cuts of 2 hours per day during a 6-week period.

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