Power cuts worsen across Myanmar

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Nay Pyi Taw, March (25)

Electricity will only be provided on a rotating basis in Nay Pyi Taw, where the military council’s administration apparatus is based, and power cuts may worsen this summer in the rest of the regions and states, the locals told Than Lwin Times.

Except for Nay Pyi Taw, the electricity distributed by the Ministry of Electricity has been out for hours since the military coup in Myanmar.

Since March 23, four groups in Nay Pyi Taw have been alternately supplied with electricity; they no longer receive 24-hour electricity as they did before.

According to the official schedule, each group will have a regular 8-hour blackout every other day, and two groups will alternate power outages per day.

After the matriculation exam, the power outage in the remaining townships of the regions and states was getting worse, and in several towns and villages, locals said that they had power for only about three hours at midnight.

According to a Yangon resident, if blackouts worsen this summer, it may be difficult to get water for washing and cooking.

The neighborhoods in Mawlamyine, where the junta’s Southeastern Command is located and was attacked by a drone last week, are divided into three groups, and electricity is distributed alternately for two hours at a time, four times a day.

Mawlamyine residents only get eight hours of electricity per day, and the power distribution industry said in February that the electricity supply time may change depending on the amount of power that can be generated. Therefore, a SME entrepreneur told Than Lwin Times that they are considering using generators and solar panels for their businesses.

People have to use wood, charcoal, and gas for cooking, and at night they have to use rechargeable bulbs and candle lights, small businesses rely on generators.

Most of the small and medium-sized businesses are also reducing their business operations, while some businesses are unable to operate normally due to power outages, SME entrepreneurs said.

The military council, which has not been able to provide full-time electricity for more than two years after the coup, is boasting that it will expand and build charging points for electric vehicles in major cities, including Nay Pyi Taw.

News-Than Lwin Times

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