Oct. 15 (ESAT News) Towns in Eastern Ethiopia have been facing blackout as electric power outage has disrupted normal life in the last six days. Debre Zeit has also lost water provisions for over a week, ESAT sources reported.
Dire Dawa, Jijiga and other towns in Harargie have been hit by power outage at a time when the Ethiopian government recently announced that it had begun supplying 20 mega watt of electric power to Djibouti. The government also disclosed plans to sell electric power to Sudan and Kenya in the next few years.
Ethiopia has a capacity to generate up to 45,000 mega watt of electric energy but it only managed to generate 2000 MGW hydropower. While the government has drawn up plans to increase Ethiopia’s hydroelectric power generation to 10 thousand mega watt, observers believe that the plan is too ambitious.
The real cause of the power outage in Eastern Ethiopia has not been disclosed to the public. Last month water services were interrupted without explanation in Adama town, it was learned.