Tuesday, February 4 in 11 of Brazil’s 27 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, as well as metropolitan areas of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro without heat and light were more than 6 million people.
According to the National Power Grid Company, were dead due to a short circuit on the power lines in the state of Tocantins. Now fully restored energy, ITAR-TASS reported. Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Energy of Brazil Marcio Zimmermann said: “Thanks to triggering protection systems, managed to avoid massive rolling blackouts.” He stressed that the interruptions were not associated with the fact that because of the steady heat in the country by more than 10 per cent increase in electricity consumption.
In Rio de Janeiro in January 2014 turned out to be the hottest in the last 30 years. The average temperature in the city was 36 degrees Celsius. Unusually hot now and in Sao Paulo, where hydroelectric power can not operate at full capacity due to low water levels in reservoirs.
In connection with the in Brazil June 12 – July 13 this year, FIFA World Cup such problems attracting the world’s attention. The tournament will be held in 12 cities of South America’s largest country, many of which are considerable distances.