Middle East

Lebanon completely powered down amid fuel crisis

16:36, 09 October 2021
Lebanon completely powered down amid fuel crisis Photo: Shahen Araboghlian/CC BY-SA 4.0/commons.wikimedia.org

The two biggest Lebanon power plants al Zahrani and Deir Ammar were powered down on Saturday after running out of fuel.

The energy production dropped to below 200 megawatts resulting in a total electricity blackout across the country.

"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," the Lebanon authority said.

The country has been plunging deeper into chaos and reaching an abnormal level of poverty as the rival political groups kept quarrelling over the make-up of a new government, which accelerated the economic collapse.

Lebanon is facing a huge crisis following a temporary government turmoil, mismanagement, and last year’s 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate explosion in the Beirut port that destroyed half of the capital buildings, killed at least 200, and injured 6,000 people.

Since 2019 the local currency has lost 90% of its value as the United Nations reported that 78% of the Lebanese population live in poverty and experience widespread unemployment.

The Lebanese people suffer from a lack of drinking water, fuel, and medication. The residents of the cities were forced to get used to permanent electricity outages. 

The crisis has recently worsened after the Head of Lebanon’s central bank Riad Salameh announced that it would no longer subsidize imports of gas and other necessities.

On August 15 another big explosion occurred in the country. A fuel tank blew up at a warehouse in northern Lebanon.

The Lebanese Red Cross department announced that they found 20 bodies and registered 79 injured people after the fuel tanker had exploded.