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Employees to work from home each Sunday starting August 6 as power outs from Egypt’s heat-wave continues: PM

The current heat wave in Egypt is the main reason behind power outages, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said in a press statement on Thursday.

The heat wave was expected to end on Sunday but still continued, he noted, adding that August is expected to witness unprecedentedly high temperatures as well.

Starting from the first Sunday of August – corresponding to August 6 – government employees will work online from home, Madbouly said.

Every Sunday throughout the month of August will be work from home, for employees in government departments and service buildings that are not related to direct dealings with the public, aiming to mitigate electricity loads, Madbouly said.

Private companies can allow employees to work from home as well – if working conditions allow – in order to reduce electricity loads, he added.

The Ministry of Electricity will prepare a schedule for the timings of power cuts in each area, Madbouly said, explaining that the aim of the schedule is to inform the citizens of the timings of outage.

The timetable for power cuts in Egypt are expected to be announced no later than Monday.

The government will need to reduce loads if weather temperatures exceed 35C. The duration of cuts will extend between one and two hours at most per day, Madbouly said.

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