Massive Power Outage Hits Cairo

A major power outage has hit various parts of Cairo and other governorates since early Thursday morning.

Egyptian 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.

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

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.

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

Source: Ahram Online