Drought reveals underwater village

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Hugo Chavez lors de l’inauguration du barrage de Caruachi. Novembre 2003, Puerto Ordaz, VENEZUELA © AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCIA

For most Venezuelans, the El Nino-linked drought that has struck the country this year means inconveniences like power and water rationing. But for some, the extreme dry spell is stirring up bittersweet memories. The Uribante reservoir that feeds a hydroelectric dam there is at its lowest level in decades, and the receding waters have uncovered a village that has been mostly underwater since 1985, when it was flooded.


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