Friday, July 27, 2007

More news about Syrian power and water shortages

[Mewnews, July 27] Our correspondent in Syria has provided more details concerning the shortages of electricity, cooking gas and water in Syria. He notes that there are 3.5 million Iraqi refugees in Syria, straining resources. Owing to the drought, there is not enough water getting to the  Assad dam on the Furat (Euphrates) river to run the generator turbines. Additionally, electricity stations are in need of repair and nobody seems to care. Elecrticity is cut 7 hours a day. The Assi river (Orontes) which arises in Lebanon and provides water for Hims and Hama has run dry because of low winter rain and snow precipitation.

He notes that water is available only from 8 AM to 2 PM, and remarks "We have 2
automatic washing machines but the city water pressure became low, so we have problems."
Cooking gas bottle replacements have not been made for the last month.
He concludes: "Imagine my situation when there is no electricity and temperature is
over 30."

It is remarkable that nobody seems to have reported these shortages.
Ami Isseroff

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