After the country’s two main power plants ran out of fuel, Lebanon was plunged into darkness.
The power outage is anticipated to last’several days’ after the al Zahrani and Deir Ammar power facilities shut down due to a lack of diesel supply, and energy production fell below 200 megawatts ( which is only enough to power approximately 5,000 homes).
The blackout, according to a government official, might persist all weekend, leaving the population of about six million people in complete darkness.
The official said;
‘The Lebanese power network completely stopped working at noon today, and it is unlikely that it will work until next Monday, or for several days.’
Blackouts have been a problem in Lebanon since the end of its 15-year civil war in 1990, and the small country relies heavily on imported fuel. Many citizens rely on private generators that run on diesel, although that is also in short supply.
There were power outages throughout September due to the fuel shortage which in recent months has forced many businesses to close and left people relying on the black market.
This occurrence is part of a wider economic and political crises impacting all aspects of daily life in Lebanon.