Lebanon blackout: blackout across most of the country as economic crisis causes fuel shortages to run power plants



The main power companies in Beirut-Lebanon state supplied the country’s electricity grid for about two hours, residents told CNN on Sunday.

Lebanese Energy Minister Walid Fayad told CNN Arabic on Saturday reports of a total power outage in the country were “exaggerated” and “the situation is no worse than before. “.

The Lebanese state-owned company has only supplied two hours a day since July due to a severe fuel shortage that has plunged much of the country into darkness.

Backup generators, which the country has long relied on for power outages that normally last three hours a day, have started distributing electricity, cutting most supplies by more than 12 hours a day. Many Lebanese have stopped subscribing to generators due to soaring electricity prices.

Lebanon, which has been on the brink of economic recession since late 2019, has the highest inflation rate in the world, according to the report. Bloomberg..

The country’s new government, formed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati in September, is trying to negotiate Egypt’s gas supply via Jordan with Jordan to ease the fuel crisis. Mr. Fayad told CNN that the negotiations went “in a meaningful way.”

Iran-backed Hezbollah has also facilitated the transport of several fuels from Iran. It seeks to circumvent US sanctions against Tehran by transporting fuel from the Syrian port city of Baniyas in Lebanon.

Meanwhile, Lebanese social media has been tumultuous over photos showing Fayad on Saturday’s popular beach in Beirut, as the country’s energy crisis has become an international topic. CNN has spoken to witnesses who have confirmed the photo’s authenticity.

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