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Power shortage worsens Syrian people's misery

(Xinhua)

11:11, July 12, 2012

DAMASCUS, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Power cuts for several hours a day have added more misery to the Syrians who are languishing under the brunt of a crunching crisis and economic hardship.

The Syrian government says it has a shortfall in electricity due to the damages inflicted by alleged armed groups on gas and oil pipelines and the resulting backlash against power stations.

This has prompted the government to cut power for two hours in the morning and one hour in the evening in the capital Damascus, and the power cuts could last for more than five hours in other areas.

Syria's local media runs advertisements prodding households to make sure that lights and air-conditioning have not been left on in empty rooms, as the government said it has started rationing electricity to try and stave off an energy shortage.

The cutback has weighed heavily on industrial sector and forced some businesses to close; and disrupted commerce and leisure. Many others have increased reliance on generators.

Energy experts and officials remain at loggerheads over the best way to end the country's long-running electricity crisis amid promising that the power outage would be soon reduced, in part because of the summer temperature rises.

Power cuts occur every summer, but this year rising violent acts across the country mean they could be much more serious.

Minister of Electricity Imad Khamis told local media that the infrastructure that was affected by terrorist acts is the reason behind the return of rationing in some areas.

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