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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Power Cut in Georgian City

TBILISI, Georgia -- The Georgian state energy company Sakenergo said Monday that because of the country's financial problems Tbilisi will receive only five hours of electricity a day.

The company's deputy head, Omar Kheladze, said the few exceptions to the power cuts would be "hospitals, bakeries and selected government offices."

Outside the capital virtually nobody has gas, and very few districts receive more than a few hours of electricity a day. Now the capital too will only have electricity only from 6 A.M. until 8 A.M. and from 10 A.M. until 1 A.M.

Georgia's main hydroelectric power station is producing virtually no powerbecause it is on the Inguri river, the new front line between Abkhaz separatists and Georgian government forces. The control room is on the Abkhaz side.

The Georgian government also owes Turkmenistan $200 million for natural gas which it cannot pay. Ashkabat has cut gas supplies to what they consider an acceptable minimum.