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Economic crisis plunges Lebanon into darkness

DW, 10 Oct 2021
Lebanon has been plunged into darkness, after its two largest power stations were shut down due to a prolonged fuel shortage. Officials say the outage will last several days. It's the latest hardship for people in Lebanon, where three-quarters of the population are in poverty due to soaring prices and record unemployment.
Financial crisis has kept Lebanon’s economy in the red. And now fuel shortages have plunged the entire country into darkness.
First the power went out at the Deir Ammar plant. Then the Zahrani plant went offline. The outages caused Lebanon’s centrally generated electrical grid to collapse.
Many people have come to depend on private generators that run on diesel, but that is in short supply too, and it, like most goods, is becoming pricey. Since 2019, the Lebanese currency has dropped 90%.
This outage has added more weight to the burden people must carry here.
The army has agreed to provide 6,000 kiloliters of gas oil, securing power in Lebanon for just three days.


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