Lebanon: 3 power stations hit by fuel shortage

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power after the outage Hundreds of thousands of people in the Lebanese capital Beirut and the coastal city of Tyre are…

Lebanon: 3 power stations hit by fuel shortage

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power after the outage

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Lebanese capital Beirut and the coastal city of Tyre are in the dark after three power stations ran out of fuel.

Expectations of more lightning strikes on buildings left many homes with no light.

The power cuts came two days after a powerful storm struck Lebanon. Twenty-three people were killed in Monday’s storm, mostly by falling trees.

The country also lost power in September when transmission lines were damaged in a hurricane-force storm.

But Monday’s blackouts were particularly severe, according to the International Red Cross in Lebanon.

Image copyright EPA Image caption Floods and mudslides blocked roads in southern Lebanon

Lebanon’s Electricity Minister Cesar Abi Khalil initially blamed the trouble on a shortage of fuel for power generators and said another outage was possible.

“We got the usual calls from citizens complaining about their electricity bills which is exactly what triggered an evacuation at one of the stations where generators were using a lot of fuel,” he said.

But he later tweeted that the generator crisis was resolved.

He was later quoted by the media as saying that a filling station had provided fuel for two generators. He added that no one was injured by the blackout.

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