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Power cuts hit Sharjah once again

Residents were out on the street late at night, with some people opting to sleep in their cars as it meant they could turn on the AC

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 13:30 May 26, 2010

  • Image Credit: Devadasan, Gulf News
  • Residential and commercial areas, such as Al Majaz and Al Khan, as well as Industrial Areas 6 and 17, experienced a power outage that started in the morning Tuesday
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Sharjah: As the day broke after a sweaty night, Sharjah authorities tested residents again with more power cuts in various residential and commercial areas.

“We haven’t slept last night because of power cut in our area,” said a mother of two in Sharjah’s Bu Daniq area. “I had to force my sleepy children onto the school bus this morning,” said the mother.

Calls to the helpline at Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority went unanswered and in many residential areas people were found sleeping rough on the streets to escape the heat.

There were reports of fresh power cuts late on Tuesday night in Sharjah – with some residential areas going without power between 11pm and 1am Tuesday.

Residents were out on the street late at night, with some people opting to sleep in their cars as it meant they could turn the AC on.

Power cuts  have left residents in the sweltering heat for over eight hours earlier on Tuesday.

Residential and commercial areas, such as Al Majaz and Al Khan, as well as Industrial Areas 6 and 17, experienced a power outage that started in the morning yesterday.

Watch video: How Sharjah coped without power last year

The fluctuations have come at a crucial time for tenants who have to face the summer heat without any reprieve, and it has also become a concern for parents since their children are unable to study properly for their final school examinations.

“Residents in some of the towers are having a tough time with lifts not working, and it has been off since 1pm. In my building people had to climb all the way up to 12 floors,” said a resident who lives in Al Majaz 3.

M. Harris, a resident in Industrial Area 17, said that most of her neighbours had moved out of the building because they were unable to cope with the previous power outages.

“The power cut started at 8m and my children are having a tough time because they cannot study for their examinations. We cannot do anything about it and it is impossible to stay indoors for seven hours straight without an air condition. I do not know what I will do with the food I have in the freezer, and I will probably end up having to throw it out.”

Businesses fared no better with the electricity fluctuations and several businessmen said they have been suffering for the past one month.

“Business has been suffering for almost one month because of the regular power cuts. The electricity supply is disrupted for many hours at least twice a week, and my employees are unable to sleep in their accommodation because of the problem,” said Hesham, who works in Industrial Area 6.

 Map: Areas that have been affected by Sharjah's power cuts


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Are you affected by the shortage of electricity in Sharjah? Did you experience any power outages at your place recently? Please let us know where you live, when the power went out and how long the cut lasted in the comments form below.


Comments (95)

  1. Added 23:12 May 26, 2010

    my company is sharjah airport free zone has been affected. also my home near book round about as well. why like this ? i have small children and old sick parents suffering ! is this just the start ? please tell is sewa? what is going on ? this is still not sot summer yet !!!!! people are making jokes about this situation ! but i love sharjah too much,,,it is my home and life. good bye

    bu khalid, shj, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:03 May 26, 2010

    I live on al wahda street. Yesterday (tuesday), we lost power twice. First from 12:40pm to 5:15pm. Then at night from 10:30pm to 2:30am. And we've lost power again this morning from 8:35am to 12:50pm. We would at least like SEWA to pre-warn Sharjah residents of such power cuts and timings. Power cuts should at least not take place during the afternoon when it's hottest and at night when people are trying to sleep. The heat is unbearable for more than a couple of hours and no work can be done either.

    S, K, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 18:01 May 26, 2010

    We experienced power outage early this morning (26May10) at around 0430 a.m. Luckily it's about time for us to be ready for a days work and my children school. What I am scared about is, if this will be similar to last years power outage. Last year, we're forced to sleep with our friends who were not affected for a couple of nights and alternatively to some cheap hotels in Dubai. I don't think that this is fair to all residents in Sharjah (especially those affected by this power outage) as SEWA has increased the rates by 50% to address this problem last year. There must be some explanation and a solution to this problem.

    Gigi Mirasol, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 18:00 May 26, 2010

    Sharjah Need Help From Dubai And Abu Dhabi Financially. Spending Whole Night Without Power Its Not Ezee For Anyone Even Animals.

    khalid, ALKhan, India

  5. Added 17:45 May 26, 2010

    will the current be going everyday from now on till october ..???

    PRIYANKA, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 17:41 May 26, 2010

    I feel really sorry for the residents of sharjah especially the industrial areas residents. SEWA as always have shown up their mismanaged approach towards dealing a problem wheather its about spill over garbage , broken sign boards , flooding sewage drains or a major issues like power cuts round the cities commercial districts. Its time that higher authorities of sharjah look into the situation personally especially get some authorities to check what SEWA is upto. Residents of sharjah are desperately awaiting for a solution to our agony !!

    Umair, Al Nahda,Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 17:24 May 26, 2010

    We live in Industrial area 1 , the power went off at 12.30 am on Monday morning and came back at 5 am again it went off at 8 am came back only after 22 hrs. Again today it went off at 9 am and came back 3 pm. SEWA has doubled the charges and still they are being so cruel. Foods get rotten in the refrigerator, kids cant sleep well and so schools are being missed out during exam preparation days...................I think all this costs money. Do the authorities realise this? If not now then when? If yes then what is being done? I have never seen any such thing in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or even Ajman. For that matter hardly any other state is in the news for this reason then Sharjah. It is really pathetic.

    Anonymous, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 17:21 May 26, 2010

    Though its very tough to live in apartments without electricity but yes as most of the people mentioned we need to be informed by SEWA so we can atleast manage somehow, go out with our families accordingly. Consider kids, old aged people and people who may be ill. Prior information is definitely the way it should be. So far we do not have any information in newspaper or SEWA for coming days.

    Abbas, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 17:17 May 26, 2010

    I live in Al Nad area of Sharjah, our area witnessed power outage twice yesterday- one around noon and at night at around 10:15 PM. The authorities should streamline the power consumption by reducing street lights, deocrative and illuminating lights in private and commercial buildings. Ask business establishments to have genset for hoardings and all illuminating advertisement. And communicate with people about the planned cut-outs. I am sure people will appreciate, as this will help to organise our daily lives.

    Mushtaque Rahamat, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 17:03 May 26, 2010

    i would like to now, why no body takes any action against SEWA , for all this what theyare doing to public. every thing is in newspapers and inspite of getting maintenance charges etc in every month bill, these un scheduled power cuts means what. they donot even answer phone calls on 991. some government authority should hold them and ask them to announce what exactly the matter is and how long it will last. if they donot have enough power, and would like to go for load sheeding , what is the problem in announcing official that yes we are out of power and cannot help you much

    elton, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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