Electricity Is Back In Lebanon But We Are Worried

After one day of a complete power outage, the Lebanese authorities say electricity is back again in Lebanon. The outage came as the main power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, ran out of fuel. “The power grid completely stopped working at noon today and was unlikely to restart for several days,” governmental officials said. 

In the past months, Lebanon has suffered from poverty, corruption, and extreme fuel shortages. Meanwhile, the lack of foreign currency has made it hard to pay overseas energy suppliers.

Though a number of Lebanese rely on private diesel-powered generators, others cannot, given its high cost. Even before the outage, Lebanese were able to receive electricity for just two hours per day.     The country is also grappling with the aftermath of the Beirut explosion, which killed 219 people and injured 7,000 others.

Last September, Nagib Makati became the Prime Minister after more than one year of political deadlock that left the country under increasing international pressure. Now, the future of this country remains uncertain, with more than half of the population fleeing to Europe.

The soaring shortage in medicines has forced many Lebanese citizens to travel to Turkey to stock up on vital drugs for family and friends, health experts say. With the economy in shambles, pharmacies are struggling to bring even the most basic medicines.

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