Capital of Cuba Havana will begin August with blackouts, canceling festivals and taking other measures State media reported on Saturday as the country’s energy crisis worsens.
Capital, A A fifth of the 11.2 million population and the center of Cuba’s economic activity are spared the four-hour daily blackouts. or months more affected than other parts of the island.
The rationing has sparked some local protests this summer. A year ago in July they sparked unprecedented unrest in the country and discontent boiled over.
For now, the power outage table will indicate that Havana’s six municipalities ration every three days during peak hours At noon, the Communist Party’s local newspaper, Tribuna de la Habana, reported on the meeting of officials.
The The Union Electrica de Cuba (UNE) predicts a 21% shortfall in power generation this Saturday. During peak hours and 576 megawatts (MW) of damage
“It is rated peak time a 2,349 MW against a shortfall of 506 MW and peak demand of 2,855 MW”State agency noted in a press release.
UNE added that “service was affected by capacity shortages for 24 hours yesterday” and “throughout this morning”.
Resistors reflect a Deep economic crisis. The Skyrocketing prices for food, fuel and shipping They have exposed vulnerabilities such as import dependency and deteriorating infrastructure. The country’s economy shrank 10.9% in 2020, only recovering 1.3% last year.
The Cubans endured for more than two years Food and medicine shortages, long queues to buy scarce goods, high prices and transport problems. The blackout added to the frustration, which is a The exodus of more than 150,000 Cubans to the United States and other countries since October.
Impotence among the population is increasing, not only due to lack of energy, which can extend for more than ten hours in many cases, but already many deaths due to the dengue epidemic, especially among children. With no electricity, parents struggle to repel disease-carrying mosquitoes.
In a TV show last June, Dictator Díaz-Canel has acknowledged social discontent over constant and widespread blackouts across the country, and has promised to stabilize energy efficiency in the summer. Despite these promises, Energy and Mines Minister Livan Aronte acknowledged that the blackout would continue indefinitely.
The Castro regime argues that supply cuts are caused by breakdowns in plants, fuel shortages for distributed generation and scheduled maintenance.
Power outages, along with other serious economic problems, were some of the factors that fueled social unrest last year when Cuba saw its biggest protests in decades.
With information from Reuters and EFE
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