Lebanon: Total power cuts with power outages after fuel runs out – reports | world News
It was reported that Lebanon’s electricity grid was completely shut down after the country’s two main power stations ran out of fuel.
The Zahrani and Deir Ammar plants ceased operations after apparently running out of diesel supplies, and power production dropped to less than 200 megawatts.
Reuters, citing an official source, said that the outage will last for at least a few days.
“The Lebanese electricity network has completely stopped working this afternoon and is unlikely to work until next Monday or for several days,” the official said.
The thermal power plant in Al-Zahrani stopped just one day after the Deir Ammar plant stopped on Friday due to a lack of fuel.
The official said the state electricity company would try to use the army’s fuel oil reserves to run power stations temporarily, but that would not happen any time soon.
it comes Lebanon It suffers from a fuel shortage that has forced many businesses to close and left people dependent on the black market.
People lined up for miles to fill their cars, with the chaos sometimes leading to violence.
at the end of September, Man dies after swallowing gasoline The country’s national news agency reported that he was pulling the tank of his car.
The United Nations estimates that 78% of the country’s population lives in poverty, with high unemployment and currency depreciation.
In August, at least 20 people were killed and 79 injured After a fuel tank exploded in a warehouse in North Lebanon where fuel was stored illegally.
It’s part of a file wider crisis, which has been exacerbated by corruption and mismanagement, which affects almost every part of life in Lebanon and has seen the Lebanese currency drop by 90% since 2019.
The country is still in political turmoil after the formation of an interim government following last August The catastrophic Beirut explosion It killed more than 150 people and injured 6000 others while destroying large parts of the city.
This happened after 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate – Used as fertilizer and explosives – Caught on fire after being stored unsafely in the port’s warehouse.