Monday, May 16

Gradual return of electricity in Central Asia after a major outage

(Belga) Electricity was gradually being restored on Tuesday in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan after a large-scale blackout that deprived millions of people of power in these Central Asian countries.

“Electricity supply has resumed throughout Kyrgyzstan after a large-scale blackout,” spokeswoman for the country’s energy ministry, Jiyde Zootbekova, told AFP. Uzbekistan’s energy ministry said in a statement that “electricity supply to the country’s regions is currently being gradually restored.” In Kazakhstan, AFP correspondents have noted the return of power to Almaty, the economic capital, although it is not immediately clear whether the situation is the same in other cities of the country. Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan, was not affected by the outage. Despite investments in their network since their independence three decades ago, these three former Soviet republics regularly experience power cuts, sometimes severe. (Belga)

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