| 31 May 2024, Friday |

Saida plunges into darkness despite promises about providing fuel

Due to the shortage of diesel fuel, some generator owners in Saida and its suburbs have adopted a new nutritive rationing program from their generators, with rationing ranging from 4 to 8 hours per day, and despite promises to secure 335 thousand liters for Sidon and its outskirts, one of the generator owners indicates that they did not receive sufficient quantities, and if the situation continues to deteriorate, Saida will plunges into total darkness.

In this regard, Hajj Abou Toufic Al Dahdouli told Sawt Beirut International’s reporter, Sarah Chehadeh: “The Fawar region, the villas, the rehabilitation, and the army’s backing are all missing, despite the fact that we, the generator owners, guarantee 24 hours of power. There are some patients and businesses that we are unable to turn off the power to. Our generators went out at 4:30 a.m. today due to a lack of diesel. We are dedicated to particular stations that have direct contact with responsible sides in the region, and after several tries by the station owner, he was able to acquire a thousand liters of fuel that would last us for the evening; if the diesel is not provided, we will set streets on fire.”

“We don’t want a patient to hold us accountable for switching off the electricity,” Al Dahdouli says, describing the situation as “absolutely terrible.” “Shame on you for turning blind eyes to such a great city!” he told the officials.

Despite the increase in fuel prices, diesel supplies are still in short supply, and households and institutions are without power. Will citizens be able to pay their subscription bill if it raises numerous times?

  • Sawt Beirut International