Total power blackout hits East Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-03 16:36:48|Editor: Zhang Dongmiao
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TRIPOLI, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The entire eastern region of Libya is suffering a total blackout due to a malfunction in the power system, the country's state-owned electricity company said on Sunday.

"All power units in the eastern network are out of order, leading to a total darkness in the eastern region all the way to Tobruk," The company said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The company called on all residents to reduce the use of electricity in order to help speed up the restoration of power.

The company announced on Friday that the southern and western areas suffered blackout since morning, as power plants broke down due to rising temperatures.

Libya has been suffering a continuous power blackout in recent years, particularly in summer due to a lack of maintenance of the power plants. Power stations have been vandalized repeatedly by outlawed groups.

Libya produces around 5,000 megawatts per day, with a deficit of 1400 megawatts, especially as temperatures rise in the summer.