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Duhok-Erbil road blocked by protesters over lack of electricity in scorching summer

  2021-06-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Protesters block a main road connecting Duhok and Erbil in Chra community in Shekhan district of Duhok, over lack of electricity as temperatures rise across Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 30, 2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – As temperatures hitting over 40 degrees Celsius (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit), a number of residents in Chra community in Duhok’s southeastern Shekhan district protested against reduced hours for providing national nd private electricity. 

The protesters blocked Duhok-Erbil highway before they were dispersed by the security forces.

A protester told Zhyan News Network’s reporter Rizhyar Rashid that the authorities had turned blind eye to their area compared with the centers of the cities and towns. 

“How can we tolerate without electricity with temperature has reached 45 degrees Celsius,” he said.

“The directors of the sub-district (community (and electricity told us to be patient for the coming ten days, but nobody can put up with this situation,” he added.

“There is no electricity, gasoline, gas… until when are they [authorities] inflicting this on the people?” a protester questioned. “No life has left for us.” 

“I promise I will not vote… there is only theft in the Kurdistan Region,” another protester said, carrying on “the sons of the officials are in trips while we live under this heat.”

Iraq, as the Kurdistan Region is part of it, will hold an early parliamentary election on October 10. 

On Monday, the Kurdistan Region General Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology logged the highest temperatures in Halabja and Erbil with 45.1 degrees Celsius. 

The Region has been rocked with similar protests elsewhere in Dukan Bazian, Kalar, Penjwen and Erbil city in recent days.

Electricity outages are a persistent trouble in the Kurdistan Region and mainland Iraq, despite promises by authorities to provide round-the-clock electricity.

On Wednesday, the Kurdistan regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Electricity said that five units in Erbil and Sulaimani have been out of work since June 15. The units have the ability to provide 500 megawatts per day, it said

The KRG ministry also said that disruptions were resolved at Khurmala gas-fired power plant that brought back 350-400 megawatts to the national grid.

(Zhyan English)