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Ongoing Electricity Shortage Costs Iraq Economy $40 Billion a Year
By: Walid Khadduri Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab). اقرا المقال الأصلي باللغة العربية
On Sept. 14, 2013,
the Iraqi parliament's Oil and Energy Committee published a report drafted by the advisory board of the Prime Minister's Office, which indicated that Iraq is losing around $40 billion annually due to the lingering power outage crisis. The report confirmed that the continuous power outages caused serious damage to petrochemical plants and private plants.
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At least three times a week, Maher Abbas brings one of his two young children or his elderly mother to the hospital to be treated for dehydration, stomach bugs or heat exhaustion.
Lack of water and electricity are killing his family and his business, he said.
"I have so much anger," Abbas said outside the music store he runs in the poor neighborhood of Amil, in western Baghdad. When there is no power, there is no music playing in the store, and customers don't come. "I can't work," he said. "I can't support my family. We're dying from the heat. Where are these politicians?"
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