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Nepal utility cuts power supply

Power supply generated by Nepal’s state-owned utility has been reduced to just 12 hours a day as low rainfall hampers the country’s hydroelectric plants.

The lack of rain has seen water levels in rivers and reservoirs fall, hitting production at the Nepal Electricity Authority’s plants, and the situation could get worse, officials said.

Blackouts could be imposed for 14 hours a day in the next few weeks, according to system control department director Chiranjivi Sharma.

The country failed to build new power plants during the decade-long communist insurgency that ended in 2006, leaving the country with dated infrastructure that has hindered its power-generating capacity.

The country can only generate about 50% of its electricity requirements and although it imports power from India, it is not sufficient to meet its needs.

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