Chad, already hit by drought and famine, is currently facing a new crisis -- a worsening power shortage.
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Background: Chad, already hit by drought and famine, is currently facing a new crisis -- a worsening power shortage. Transport has already been badly affected by the petrol shortage. And this week, the government order sweeping electricity cuts in order to preserve existing fuel-oil stocks.
All sectors of the transport industry are suffering from the oil shortage. Petrol stations have frequently run out of supplies and motorists have had to abandon their vehicles. Larger commercial concerns, including Air-Chad, are being obliged to provide a reduced service.
Under the power restrictions announced this week, the government is cutting electricity on each weekday between the hours of 3 in the afternoon and 7 in the evening. Commercial and ornamental lighting have been banned. No duration for the restrictions has been given.