People of Hama complain about energy rationing during winter

تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة فرح ناصيف 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 1 نوفمبر، 2018 10:19:52 م خبر أعمال واقتصاد طاقة

Hama - SMART

The people of the city of Hama complained about the increasing energy rationing hours as winter approaches, as this energy rationing affects their work and household electric tools.

Abu Shadi, a dairy shop owner, reported that the Syrian government reactivated working with energy rationing hours after the Syrian government has suspended the rationing for two months. Abu Shadi said that the energy rationing coincided with the winter season and storms. Abu Shadi said that the rationing system forced the people to buy fuel power generators to keep our products from getting rotten and keep working.     

Ahmad, a dentist, uses batteries to continue treating his patients. Ahmad said that he had to buy four 200-volt batteries for 60 thousand Syrian pounds for each battery. Ahmad pointed to increased batteries selling in the city, saying that the traders, who are connected to the Syrian government, are benefiting from the rationing system.   

In the market of Hama, 55-volt battery supplies are available for 20 thousand SYP, while 11-volt supplies (commercially and locally known as Saudi battery) are available for 40 thousand SYP. The 200-volt batteries are used to run internet towers and low capacity lamps, according to the locals.    

Unlike Dr. Ahmad, Um Salma could not afford to buy batteries to run her sewing machine, which constitutes her income source, forcing her to stop working. Um Salma expressed her anger about the bad services by the Syrian government facilities, saying that Hama lacks electricity, water, and bread. Um Slma also said that good prices keep increasing.     

Um Abdullah, a housewife, said that all her efforts to save food for winter were gone because power cutoffs damaged all preserved food in refrigerators, such as peas, beans, and cheese. Um Abdullah said that power cutoffs also damaged household electric tools in her house.  

An employee at the electricity company in Hama reported that they started the energy rationing system of alternately cutting power for three hours because the Electricity Ministry reduced the city's share of energy due to power overload.   

As power rationing is back to the city, and oil are distributed in minimum amounts for the people, the people had to buy firewood for 75 SYP per kilo during summer and 100 SYP per kilo during winter. Locals use solar energy for hot showers, according to a local source.   

In Sept. 2018, the Syrian government Electricity Minister, Muhammad Zuhair Kharbutli, said to Russian media channels that the ministry's losses reached $4 billion.   

People of Hama are discontent due to the Syrian government failed to secure the area, as they complain about garbage spread, high power service invoices, increased homicide rate, random weapon spread, and chaos.  

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تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة فرح ناصيف 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 1 نوفمبر، 2018 10:19:52 م خبر أعمال واقتصاد طاقة
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