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Hwange Power Outage Cripples Households, Businesses

  • VOA Staff

Zimbabwe has been hit by severe power cuts following a breakdown at the Hwange Thermal Power Station.

The power state utility said in a statement the station accounts for about half the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority’s national production.

Homes and businesses have suffered load-shedding for up to eight hours in the last couple of days, paralysing industry and mining in the country, damaging an already fragile economy.

ZESA said there will be an increase in load-shedding until the situation returns to normal.

Hwange Thermal Power Station produces 500 to 600 megawatts of power. The state owned entity said it halted production “due to a fault that caused a malfunction.”