Major power outage strikes Cairo, Egypt
A major power outage lasting almost two hours hit much of the Egyptian capital on Thursday, disrupting water supply, banking and rush-hour metro services, official MENA news agency reported.
All three metro lines have since resumed service after ” technical problems” were fixed, MENA said.
Electricity Minister Ahemd Shaker said maintenance work and efforts to shift power loads in some areas of Cairo compounded the problem.
Broadcast of some television channels operating at Cairo’s Media Production City was also disrupted by the power outage.
State Nile TV reported that the extended blackout also affected the coastal city of Alexandria and the southern province of Aswan.
Egypt has been suffering rolling blackouts for several hours on a daily basis in the past couple of years, but Thursday’s outage was the most extensive in years.