People have been forced to rely on backup generators due to the state’s lack to supply the country with electricity. The government hasn’t been able to provide Lebanon with adequate electricity for a month now. It’s 2020, what are they doing?
The residents’ main source of power now comes from the private generator owners who, unitedly, are threatening to turn off their engines on August 5th if the government does not respond to their demands.
Albeit, nitrogen dioxide levels went down less than 50% – not impressive when compared to other countries – it was still better than what it used to be.
Back then, and for the many years since the civil war, Lebanese people relied on generators only for a few hours daily. Now, generators are on almost 24/7.
“We’re also probably all dying of cancer right now. 40% of Lebanon’s air pollution comes from generators. Now that they are switched on in Beirut for 20 hours instead of the usual 3, I can’t imagine how polluted the air must be,” said Sunniva Rose, a journalist at The National.
Even sadder, fights are breaking out between generator owners and the people, who are begging for electricity, by way of the very source of their slow and steady demise.