Electricity supply drops to six hours in a day in Sinjar

Nineveh, a main street in Snoni sub-district, Sinjar, 2020. Photo: Ibrahim Ezidi

Ammar Aziz-Nineveh

The hours of available electric supply for Sinjar dropped to six hours in a day due to “temperature increase and Islamic State (IS) attacks.”

The areas within Sinjar district previously received 18 hours of electric supply a day, but the number has declined to six hours, and the shortage of the supply is yet to be solved.

“The supply of electricity has been very bad for a week, it does not reach six hours in a day, while the supply of electricity was 18 hours early in March,” Nasr Jundi said.

Jundi told KirkukNow that, “every year, this problem reemerges and the excuses for it are temperature increase and IS attacks.”

Their concern is that they cannot afford buying electricity from the local generators, which costs a great amount of money monthly, thus they wait for the government to fix such a problem, Jundi explained.

In the recent weeks, several electricity transmission towers were blown up, that the ministry of electricity has said it has decreased the supply of electricity and has blocked the transmission of electricity.

Khudida Chuki, the commissioner of Snoni sub-district, said that, “the supply of government electricity has dropped significantly, the shortage of electricity does not only exist in Sinjar, but also in the entire Nineveh province.”

The commissioner said that IS blew up the transmission towers in Kirkuk which has caused problems to Taza electricity station in the city to transmit electricity to Nineveh, which has also reduced electricity supply for Sinjar.

Another reason is the reduction of power supply for Nineveh by the federal government.

Chuki ensured people that he will try his best to solve the problem.

Besides Nineveh, Iraqi provinces including the Kurdistan Region face electricity shortage during winter and summer seasons.

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