<p style="margin: 5pt 0pt;">You might call it an act of God. A severe drought in <a id="q09l" title="Venezuela" href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/venezuela-guide/">Venezuela</a> has exposed a church—pictured in 2008 (left) and on February 21, 2010—that had been inundated when a hydroelectric dam was built in 1985.</p><p style="margin: 5pt 0pt;">The 82-foot-tall (25-meter-tall) church and the Andean town of Potosi (see <a id="juo1" title="map" href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/maps/map-machine#s=r&amp;c=7.972197714386878, -71.08154296875&amp;z=5">map</a>) were flooded to establish the&nbsp;Uribante-Caparo water reservoir to power the plant, which is currently operating at just 7 percent of its capacity, according to the Reuters service. (Get <a id="fjww" title="more news on the global water crisis." href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/clean_water_crisis.html">news on the global water crisis.</a>)</p><p>The church is now an ominous symbol of energy shortages in the country, which gets around 68 percent of its power from hydroelectricity, Reuters reported. The droughts spurred Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to declare an energy emergency in February.</p>

Exposed Church

You might call it an act of God. A severe drought in Venezuela has exposed a church—pictured in 2008 (left) and on February 21, 2010—that had been inundated when a hydroelectric dam was built in 1985.

The 82-foot-tall (25-meter-tall) church and the Andean town of Potosi (see map) were flooded to establish the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir to power the plant, which is currently operating at just 7 percent of its capacity, according to the Reuters service. (Get news on the global water crisis.)

The church is now an ominous symbol of energy shortages in the country, which gets around 68 percent of its power from hydroelectricity, Reuters reported. The droughts spurred Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to declare an energy emergency in February.

Photographs by Diario La Nacion, Reuters (left) and Jorge Silva, Reuters (right)

Before-and-After Pictures: Underwater Church Reappears

Severe droughts have drained a reservoir in Venezuela, exposing a church that's been "missing" since 1985.

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