Power cables extended in a chaotic manner in a residential area in the village of Sibline, in the Chouf.
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Four decades ago, Lebanon used to export power to its larger neighbor Syria. Now it barely generates enough electricity to keep street lamps on at night.Electricity supply varies significantly throughout Lebanon.In the financial and political hub of Beirut, there are daily three-hour power outages while in some areas of the country mains electricity is available only a few hours a day.Rival political blocs blame each other for the electricity crisis and tensions have been exacerbated by the conflict in Syria, which has driven more than 1 million refugees into Lebanon and put additional strain on infrastructure.Electricity has been available 50-60 percent of the time in Zahle in recent years, meaning residents had to pay $100-120 a month to local generators for a 5 amp supply during cuts."There was a huge desire and pressure from the people, from customers who said, why are you not producing electricity instead of the generators?" said Assaad Nakad, chief executive officer of Electricite de Zahle. He signed a three-year contract with British company Aggreko to build and maintain a power plant providing electricity to EDZ during the cuts.
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