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Malawi hit by blackout as falling dam levels drain hydropower

Malawi hit by blackout as falling dam levels drain hydropower
From Reuters - December 7, 2017

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Many parts of Malawi remained without electricity on Thursday after water levels at the countrys two main dams sunk to critical levels and affected hydro power plants, the power utility said on Thursday.

Malawi lost around 200 megawatts (MW) of hydro generated electricity supply on Wednesday night, leaving the southernAfrican country in near total darkness for about two hours, state-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) said.

The countrys total installed capacity stands at 351 MW.

Escom said recent rains were not enough to allow hydro power plants to adequately generate power at full capacity, meaning blackouts would be prolonged in the mostly agriculture economy.

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