Lebanon power cuts lead to protests
Residents in Sidon protest outside EDL office
Residents in the Lebanese town of Sidon have reportedly protested outside the Electricite du Liban offices over increasingly lengthy summer power outages, according to the Lebanon Daily Star. Power cuts lasting up to 20 hours each day, and regularly exceeding six, have forced residents to look to generator owners to supply their electricity. Prices of these temporary solutions have surged higher under demand pressure, causing many to reduce electricity consumption during the hottest time of year.
The power outages have also affected water supplies to the town, with water services to Sidon lasting for around six hours each day. Protesters last week targeted the principle water company in the town, calling on the firm to provide backup power to keep water pumping stations operational.