Drought leads to severe electricity crisis in Malawi

As severe drought set in the country, many parts of Malawi is without power as water levels at Malawi’s main hydro power plant fell to critical levels.

Power outages now last up to 25 hours, as the African nation is heavily depended on hydroelectric power, The Guardian reported.

The state-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has cut its power output by half. Only 8% of the people in Malawi have access to electricity.

The 300 megawatts of electricity produced from Shire river accounts for 98% of the country’s power supply. Many businesses and hospitals in the country are using diesel-powered generators to cope with the situation.

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