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Kabul residents frustrated over prolonged power cuts

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Kabul: Locals in Kabul have expressed their frustration over prolonged power cuts amid the freezing cold.

The outages have resulted in leaving people with numerous challenges a result of which they urge the authorities to address the matter. According to the residents, electricity is supplied for four to five hours daily, which is not enough for them.

People also complained that due to the unavailability of electricity, they fall short of water too. The business community said the power shortage has also affected factories in Kabul’s industrial park.

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the nation’s power distributor, said that at least 30 per cent of Kabul’s electricity comes from domestic sources. “We don’t have electricity even for one hour. We should use thermal power resources until the transmission lines for power supply from Uzbekistan are reconnected,”

As Afghanistan imports, most of its needed power from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Iran, the already existing economic and humanitarian crisis has put regular lives of people in trouble.

Earlier in November, the operations director of DABS announced that Uzbekistan, one of Afghanistan’s main electrical suppliers, has cut the electricity transmission due to technical issues in its soil, and that the problem with the blackouts would soon be resolved.

Afghanistan imports around 80 per cent of its electricity from neighbouring countries, mainly Central Asian nations. In January 2022, Uzbekistan reduced the import of electricity to Afghanistan, causing a disruption of electricity supply in a number of Afghan provinces.

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