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Residents distressed as another power outage hits Sharjah

A power cut that started on Wednesday afternoon affected hundreds of university students and families, causing a great deal of distress and discomfort, especially for people on the fast.

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 15:29 August 27, 2009
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Though the power was restored by early morning on Thursday, it went off again later in the day.

Sharjah: A power cut that started on Wednesday afternoon affected hundreds of university students and families, causing a great deal of distress and discomfort, especially for people on the fast.

The power outage, which lasted for almost 10 hours, occurred around 2pm and affected dozens of areas, including Al Wahda, Al Yarmook, Al Qasimia, Al Noof, parts of Al Nahda, Maleiha, Sharjah University City, and Industrial Areas 1, 4, 13, 15, and 17.

Though the power was restored by early morning on Thursday, it went off again later in the day.

This is the second time in a week that residents had to suffer from a power outage. The last power outage happened last week from Tuesday morning until Friday.

University students were evacuated from their student accommodation and were unable to prepare their Iftar meals as a result of the power outage.

"The dormitory supervisor said power will return after one hour, but it didn't. It was 20 minutes before the call for prayer and I couldn't prepare my Iftar meal, and it was too late to call a restaurant for a takeaway meal," said a female student at the American University of Sharjah.

A senior official at the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) said the power outage occurred due to an overload at one of the generators at the main power plant.

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