The Stream, February 17: Pakistan Plans 13,000 Megawatts of Hydropower Development

Pakistan aims to develop hydropower dams capable of producing 13,000 megawatts of electricity, which would increase the country’s hydropower output by almost eight times, AlertNet reported, citing government officials. Pakistan currently experiences frequent power outages due to demand outstripping supply, and the country’s industrial sector has suffered as a result.

A drought in Sri Lanka is drawing down hydropower reserves that the country relies upon for about 40 percent of its electricity generation during normal years, AlertNet reported. Without hydropower, electricity generation relies on thermal power and oil-fueled generators—a more expensive option.

Brazil is now rationing water for approximately 6 million people in 142 cities as a severe drought cuts supplies, RT reported, citing a survey conducted by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. Drought conditions across the country range from the worst in 20 to 50 years, while some areas recently experienced the hottest January on record.

Weather conditions that are creating a severe drought in California could also lead to the intensification of drought in the central United Sates this summer, according to some forecasters, Reuters reported. Dry conditions are expected to be accompanied by extreme heat in states like Oklahoma and Texas.

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