Load-shedding: We’re not alone

By Drum Digital
11 February 2015

South Africans have been experiencing frequent load-shedding, disrupting the economy and families.

Rolling blackouts are a common, or even a normal daily event, in many developing countries where electricity generation capacity is underfunded or infrastructure is poorly managed.

According to World Bank Open Data, countries are dealing with an average of 5,5 power outages per month.

These outages, which include both emergency power cuts and planned load-shedding, last on average up to three hours.

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Here are some countries that still have power cuts:

* India: Due to a chronic shortage of electricity, power cuts occur throughout the Asian country. Rolling blackouts are common, especially    during the hot summer season when demand far outweighs supply.

* Ghana: Residents face near daily power cuts of 24-hours long.

* Nigeria: Has experienced power outages on average for 46 days per year, and the average outages lasted almost 6 hours.

* Pakistan: Rolling blackouts started around 2008 with the resurgence of democracy and will continue in 2015. It intensifies in the long summers, with many places around the country having no electricity for up to 20 hours a day.

* Nepal: Although Nepal has a very large potential for hydro power generation, it experiences very severe rolling blackouts.

* Philippines: Blackouts are implemented by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in Mindanao during the electrical power crisis which will not get better any time soon.

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