Lebanon : The shut down of two major power plants leaves the country with no electricity

Lebanon : The shut down of two major power plants leaves the country with no electricity

Lebanon : The shut down of two major power plants leaves the country with no electricity

Lebanon has no centrally generated electricity after fuel shortages forced its two largest power stations to shut down, a government official said. The power grid “completely stopped working at noon today” and was unlikely to restart for several days, they said.

The two power plants together provide some 40% of the country’s electricity. The power outage is expected to continue for a few days or at least till next Monday.

Lebanon is grappling with a crippling energy crisis made worse by its dependency on fuel imports. Erratic power supplies have put hospitals and essential services in crisis mode. The Lebanese increasingly depend on private operators that also struggle to secure supplies amid an unprecedented crash of the national currency.