Pakistan: People sink as power outages soar

Bureau report, The International News, May 26, 2009

PESHAWAR: Electricity loadshedding, roughly eight hours a day in urban and above 12 hours in rural areas of the NWFP, is causing great hardships to the consumers as mercury has crossed 39 degree centigrade in different cities of the province.

Power remains suspended after every two hours for one-hour interval in urban while in rural parts of the province the power outages in 24 hour cross 12 hours, as the gap between power generation and consumption had moved up about 578 megawatt in the province.

Some times the areas go without power for more than three hours. Protests against loadshedding in different parts of the province have become the order of the day. Reports of water shortage due to power suspension have also been receiving from several localities of the provincial capital.

The Metrological Department forecast suggests no rain for the next couple of days while maximum temperature recorded Monday was 39 degree centigrade in Peshawar, while in Dera Ismail Khan 39, Kohat 37, Abbottabad 29, Bannu 40, Chitral 32, and Parachinar 31 degree centigrade.

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