Lightning, rains cause blackout, protests in Yemen

14:56, September 07, 2010      

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Heavy rains and lightning storms hit northwest Yemen and triggered a blackout Monday, leaving many southern residents in darkness and intolerable heat, officials said.

The dire weather caused a technical failure at the main power station in al-Hodeida province, which supplies about one third of the country's electricity, an official from the station told Xinhua.

Starting at 5:00 p.m. local time (GMT 1400), power was out in the capital Sanaa and the southern provinces of Aden, Abyan, al-Dhalee and Hadramout, where residents, left in intolerable heat without power, resorted to violent protests. They cut off roads and set car tires ablaze, the official said on condition of anonymity.

It is summer time and temperatures in these provinces often surge above 40 degrees Celsius.

The blackouts lasted nearly seven and a half hours before the problem was finally fixed.

Source: Xinhua


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