Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday said the country is now facing an electricity shortage of about 400 megawatts, leading to power outages, and appealed to people, especially those in the business sector, to understand that this is because of an ongoing dry spell.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 5th River Festival in Kampong Chhnang province, Mr Hun Sen said the power cuts are being caused by natural factors, adding that Southeast Asian countries have been facing drought and water shortages since February.
“Climate change is not only affecting Cambodia but the whole region. We need water to produce electricity,” he said. “I urge people not to waste water as we will experience a long dry season which will last until June.”
Mr Hun Sen appealed to people to understand that there is a need for power cuts during this period and called on those who have generators to use them in their houses, hotels or workplaces to reduce the usage of electricity.
“A large amount of our electricity is produced through hydropower dams, but now there is a shortage of water so the dams can only generate a small amount of electricity,” he said. “We currently lack 400 megawatts, and we are seeking solutions to tackle this issue.”
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