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Power and water outages hit MENA

Algeria, Sharjah, Lebanon and Abu Dhabi suffer disruption to amenities

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Power cuts across MENA regions as demand overwhelms supply. (Getty Images)
Power cuts across MENA regions as demand overwhelms supply. (Getty Images)

With temperatures rising, a wave of power cuts have swept across the Middle East as demand for power outweighs generation.

Energy consumption in Algeria has reached a record high this summer and the constant demand for air conditioning has resulted in a series of power cuts, some planned outages and some as a result of damage to the grid.

Sonelgaz, which is responsible for the country’s electricity operations, has asked that Algerians to moderate their electricity consumption but last week protestors set fire to a local Sonelgaz office, injuring police officers in Ouled Djellal.

In Sharjah both electricity and water cuts have affected homes in the Al Rolla area, and residents of Ghayathi, Abu Dhabi, have been experiencing water outages since Wednesday. Authorities say this is due to a burst pipe which has now been fixed.

Lebanon’s Sidon has also been suffering power cuts that have seen more than 10 hours in 24 without electricity, with residents relying on expensive electric generators for power rather than rely on authorities. Power cuts are currently ranging between four and eight hours, which is leading to water pumps failing and cutting the supply to homes.
 

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