Thursday, July 21, 2011

Electricity Rationing in Tanzania

According to reports from the BBC the Tanzanian authorities are imposing severe electricity rationing, to save the remaining water in its hydro-electric dams, which are at critically low levels because of the drought that is currently gripping East Africa. But the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company promises that essential facilities such as hospitals will not be affected. Tanzania relies for more than half its power on its giant hydroelectric dams. A spokesperson for Tanesco, Badra Masoud, said "There is going to be rationing, but not for 24 hours. Some people won't have electricity between 8:00PM and 6:00AM; others will lose electricity from 6:00PM to 11:00PM." The dams are expected to begin filling again once the rainy season gets under way in September.

How this ‘electricity rationing’ will affect the safari lodges in the National Parks is anyone’s guess at this time.

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