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Power returns to Kunduz after a week-long blackout

Power returns to Kunduz after a week-long blackout

Aug 24, 2016 - 16:24

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) on Wednesday said the broken power cables from Tajikistan to northeastern Kunduz province have been reconnected.

The power utility head for the northeastern zone, Eng. Hamidullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the cables had been cut off during a clash between Afghan forces and militants in Pul Alchin area about a week ago.

“DABS technicians had previously several times attempted to repair the cables, but they could not do so due to clashes, however, they were finally able to repair the cables on Tuesday evening, restoring power supply to Kunduz province,” he said.

Kunduz residents, happy over the repair, asked the government to launch a clearing operation against militants on the outskirts of Kunduz City and other areas.

One of them said: “We were without electricity for the past one week, we faced many problems, but the electricity was restored last night.” He asked security forces to clear Kunduz City of militants.

Another resident, Zabihullah Majidi, said he was happy that the power supply had been restored but was worried about the increasing insecurity.

“We had no electricity for one week and clashes that occur close to our city terrify us. The power could be cut off again and again if the current situation continues, we want the government to clear areas surrounding Kunduz City of militants,” he said.

Takhar and Baghlan provinces also plunged into darkness when the cables were cut off because the two provinces are connected through Kunduz.


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