Protesters gather in Wasit, Iraq, demanding end to power outages

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Protesters gather in Wasit, Iraq, demanding end to power outages
Protesters gather in Wasit, Iraq, demanding end to power outages

On Friday, many people gathered in northern Wasit governorate to protest the ongoing power outages.

Over 30,000 people residing in al-Tanmiya area of Sayyid al-Shuhada district gathered outside a power station to protest for a consistent supply of electricity.

The demonstrators demanded that Governor Mohammed Jameel al-Mayyahi allocate the full electricity quota for Wasit from al-Zubaidiya thermal power station, which generates over 2,000 megawatts.

Most of northern Wasit experiences frequent power outages during summer days, sometimes lasting less than 12 hours.

Electricity supply in Iraq has been a long-standing issue marked by inadequate infrastructure, insufficient power generation capacity, and frequent power outages.

The electricity sector of the country has faced challenges in meeting the increasing demand due to factors such as population growth, reconstruction efforts, and extreme weather conditions.

Despite efforts to improve electricity supply, many regions in Iraq still face inconsistent power during peak demand, causing public frustration and protests.

The government has undertaken diverse initiatives to improve Iraq’s power generation capacity, distribution networks, and attract foreign investments to modernize the sector. However, addressing the country’s electricity supply challenges remains a complex and ongoing task.

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