Even after promises from the minister for water and power, Kabul is submerged in darkness.
Ismail Khan, the minister for water and power, had promised he would ensure a steady, 24/7 supply of power to the Afghan capital a couple of months ago…but that was when he needed a vote of confidence form the country’s parliament. Now, however, not only Kabul has no steady power, but also the situation has worsened: long-term power outages and irregularities in the supply schedule have left the residents of the capital in total darnkess.
Kabul is currently undergoing the hottest spell of weather this summer. The irregularity in the supply of power means people are deprived of the use of fans and other cooling appliances. Also, they can not use other devices of daily use.
Before this chaos in the supply of power, parts of Kabul used to get five hours of electricity every other day. Many families and businesses around the city, therefore, had made a burdonsome move and purchased generators to make up for the deficiency of power.
Many neighborhoods had also, through help-yourself cooperative funding schemes, purchased generators to power light bulbs and TV sets for a few hours at night.
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