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Power Restored In Zimbabwean Capital But Blackouts Persist Elsewhere


Electric power was restored Wednesday in most parts of the Zimbabwean capital of Harare but sources reported continued outages across much of the country.

Beitbridge on the border with South Africa had power for just two hours, and Victoria Falls on the country's northern border with Zambia was entirely without power, while in eastern Mutare power was on downtown but several districts were without electricity.

Power supplies to Chinhoyi, northwest of Harare, was reported to be erratic.

In Harare, many employers sent workers home because no work could be done. Some banks were unable to carry out electronic transfers.

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority did not explain the continuing power cuts. An official from the utility interviewed on state television said local power outages were unrelated to a problem with the regional grid in Kariba, on the northern border.

But news reports quoted Zambian officials as saying the country would no longer export electric power to Zimbabwe due to tight local supplies. Zambia has also been experiencing blackouts amidst power shortages across Southern Africa.

Spokesman Mfundo Mlilo of the Combined Harare Residents Association told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his organization is concerned power cuts are worsening, causing much inconvenience and sometimes suffering.

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