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Tajikistan Introduces Electricity Rationing As Winter Nears

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WATCH: The Tajik capital, Dushanbe, was plunged into darkness by a power failure on October 28. The company that operates the Nurek hydroelectric dam said there was an outage at the facility, which provides up to three-quarters of the country's power. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Tajikistan has introduced electricity rationing in some parts of the country ahead of the approaching winter.

Nozirjon Yodgori, a spokesman for the Barqi Tojik state energy company, told RFE/RL that the electricity rationing system came into force on November 1.

Yodgori said that the capital, Dushanbe, and regional capitals are exempted from the rationing scheme.

About 98 percent of Tajikistan's electricity is produced by hydropower stations.

Yodgori said cold weather has lowered the water level of rivers used by the hydropower stations, leading to a drop in electricity production.

Tajikistan has introduced electricity rationing in parts of the country every winter since the early 1990s.