Government officials say their rationing plan should help the country reach May, when seasonal rains are predicted to return. But even Chavez concedes the situation is serious. His past efforts to solve the problem have included sending cloud-seeding planes to produce rain with the help of Cuba.
I count at least seven. The broader story, which has even more scary ideas, is here. It seems quite possible that over seventy percent of Venezuela could end up without electrical power, within a year.
On the brighter side, they've finally devalued the currency.