Egypt’s electricity crisis

Here’s a brief story in Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm summarizing Egypt’s electricity shortages in three disconnected paragraphs.

There’s the price problem, which the Cabinet is said to be discussing, though there’s no mention of subsidies, the source of the problem. There’s the rolling blackout situation, the result of inadequate infrastructure. poor planning and poor maintenance. And there’s electricity “theft.” That’s a huge problem–millions live in illegal housing projects, built on farmland and hooked into the electricity grid without permission. That’s more than “theft.” Here’s a sample of the illegal housing in the fertile Nile delta, so common it’s called “informal.” The photo is from a chapter in my book about the issue.



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