Official warns of blackout in Upper Egypt

While power cuts continued in Cairo and other governorates, causing increased anger among citizens, the head of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company warned of a blackout in Upper Egypt.

Local Development Minister Ahmed Zaki Abdeen met on Tuesday with officials to discuss the irregular voltage problem and come up with an urgent solution to raise the efficiency of the operating stations for the rest of the summer.

Also, Sanitation Minister Abdel Qawy Khalifa requested diesel generators for the major power stations.

In Mansoura, residents blocked the highway in protest against cutting power for more than one hour, while in Maasara, the residents also blocked the road to protest power cuts that lasted more than 12 hours.

In Belqas, lawyers filed complaints with the public prosecutor against the electricity company.

Egyptians have been raging over repeated power cuts and water shortages that last for hours and sometimes days, since the start of Ramadan, the month in which electricity consumption always rises.

People across the governorates have taken to radical methods of protesting by setting fire to tires and blocking roads, in addition to sitting in before governors’ offices as they complain about having to pay for shoddy services.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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