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Lebanon in blackout as power stations run out of fuel

Lebanon was plunged into a total blackout Saturday after two main power stations went offline due to fuel shortages, the state electricity corporation said.

The Mediterranean country is battling one of the planet’s worst economic crises since the 1850s, and has in recent months struggled to import enough fuel oil for its power plants.

State electricity in most places is barely available for an hour a day amid rolling power cuts, while the fuel needed to power private back-up generators is also in short supply.

“After the Deir Ammar power station was forced to stop producing power yesterday morning (Friday) due to its gasoil reserves running out, the Zahrani plant also stopped this afternoon for the same reason,” Electricite du Liban said in a statement.

This led to the network’s “complete collapse without any possibility of restoring it for the time being,” it said.

It was the second such complete outage reported by EDL since the start of the month, after a similar incident last Saturday.

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