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Major power outage hits Cairo and governorates

Electricity blackout hits large areas of Cairo and other towns on Thursday morning; minister blames 'technical problems'

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Sep 2014
Power cuts
A power cut is conducted at Elmarag City in Maadi, Cairo, in this July 27, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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A major power outage has been ongoing in various parts of Cairo and other governorates since early Thursday morning.

Electricity Minister Ahmed Shaker told ONTV channel that the massive outage was due to technical problems and not a terrorist attack.

Supply would return back to normal within few hours, he added.

According to a statement by Egypt's electricity holding company, at 6:15am a technical malfunction took place at Cairo's "500-kilowatt" electricity transformer substation, leading to an electricity blackout in various parts of the city. 

Ministry spokesperson Mohamed El-Yamani said earlier that the problem was caused by maintenance works and efforts to shift power loads in some areas of Cairo.

Cairo Stock Exchange head Mohamed Omran said the market had not been affected by the outage, and trading had continued as normal due to the operation of emergency generators. 

The outage halted trains on three Cairo and Giza metro lines. Services are now back to normal.

Al-Hayat, ONTV and some CBC channels were affected by the outage that started at around 7am. 

Additional power generators are being used at media city to allow channels to broadcast.

People in various parts of Giza and Cairo also suffered cuts to their water supply.

Water company spokesperson Mohi El-Serafy told ONTV channel that the water cuts were caused by the power outages and that the company was working on the problem by using additional fuel-powered generators. 

Social media users have reported power outages in various governorates from Alexandria to Aswan since early morning.

Power supply was affected for several hours in Minya, Assiut , Beni Suef , Fayoum and Wadi-Al-Gadid. 

Egypt has suffered from power crises for several years but things are at their worst this summer.

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04-09-2014 08:52pm
irresponsible tourism as well
There are billion dollar hotels in these resorts and not to mention the sports clubs (that seem to really only cater to the elite wealthy). Their electricity nor water has been interrupted at all. Why? Why do civilian homes and hospitals suffer but these other places don't. Sounds like the priorities are a bit backwards.
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04-09-2014 02:40pm
Power abuse
What I find sad is the irresponsible usage of power when it is available. Drive along the ring road at night (after normal working hours) and see the various showrooms lit up like Christmas trees.You find the same in the suburbs too. Is it really necessary in these difficult times. Managers, you need to manage (and save yourselves a bunch of money at the same time).
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04-09-2014 11:47pm
The answer is...
that electricity and gasoline are far too cheap and in no case reflect the "real" costs for the society. This subsidised madness has to be stopped or the country will go down the drain.

Ahmed Gomaa, Cairo
04-09-2014 01:04pm
well done, mr. president
Welcome to the military state of darkness. Today blackout and tomorrow no water. Just one question, when will the REAL 2nd REVOLUTION start against this military dictarship???
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