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Egypt sees more electricity blackouts

Public transport in Cairo hit as power shortages continue to bite.

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Blackouts have become a regular occurence across Egypt
Blackouts have become a regular occurence across Egypt

Power cuts hit many parts of Egypt on Thursday, causing blackouts and halting some public transport in the Arab world's most populous country, Reuters reports.

The Ministry of Electricity blamed Thursday's blackout on "a sudden technical malfunction in a circuit west of Cairo".

Electricity shortages mean the country often has intermittent outages for hours a day, even in upscale neighbourhoods.

The ageing state-run infrastructure is increasingly unable to handle the burden of rapidly growing demand for electricity in a country of 85 million people.

Gas shortages have also worsened in recent years as dwindling local production has failed to meet domestic demand and export commitments.

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