An Iranian woman uses her smartphone amid a power blackout in northern Tehran on January 21, 2020. (Getty)

August 13, 2021

Several cities in Iran were hit by unscheduled power cuts and blackouts as officials announced that a number of power generation units broke down on Thursday.

Iran has power cuts on daily basis but the national electricity company, Tavanir tries to keep a schedule so the public can plan their daily activities. In recent months, unscheduled blackouts have angered people as many rely on air-conditioning in summer heat.

Mohesen Motavalizadeh the general director of Tavanir said because of equipment breakdowns in power generation stations the company had to cut electricity to many areas in the country. He promised to restore power by the end of Thursday.

Officials have not identified the cause of the breakdowns.

Iran suffers from a shortage of electricity in hot summer days and during winter cold. In recent years capacity has not been sufficiently increased while consumption has risen, as the government subsidizes electricity, which is one of the cheapest in the world.

Officials have said that power cuts will continue until the end of the summer. Citizens blame the government for inefficiency as serious water shortage is also hurting many regions.

Iran International

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