Officials warned that a fuel shortage has forced Lebanon’s biggest power stations to close on Saturday, leaving the country without central electricity for “several days”.
“The Lebanese electricity network completely stopped working this afternoon, and it is unlikely that it will work until next Monday or for several days,” the official said.
The state power company confirmed in a statement that the thermoelectric plant at Zahrani Power Station had closed. Reuters reported that the Deir Ammar plant closed on Friday.
The state power company will try to rely on the military’s fuel stockpile to operate power plants temporarily, but officials warned that would not happen anytime soon.
As Reuters reports, many Lebanese rely on private generators that typically run on diesel, but that too is in short supply.
Intermittent fuel shortages have forced the closure of many businesses in the country, which is grappling with a deep economic crisis after the country’s 1975–1990 civil war with heavy debt piled up by successive governments.