Urgent: The reasons for the electricity outage in Sharjah for more than three days

Abdallah Shahin - | UAE

The third day of a power outage in Sharjah's industrial regions, which also affected nearby commercial and residential neighbourhoods, resulted in a near total closure of the city's stores, industries, and workshops that depend on electricity.

The high temperatures forced many people to leave their houses and head to their automobiles or air-conditioned business marketplaces outside the emirate in search of cold air, which caused a stifling traffic bottleneck in the majority of the emirate's roadways.
Workers began to congregate in the streets of industrial areas, and many of them began to sleep in the deep shadows because they couldn't stay inside their homes. After all, the air conditioners weren't functioning.
Due to the traffic crisis caused by the traffic lights being turned off until after sunset, the police had to divert roads in famously busy intersections, much to the surprise of the general public and their displeasure at not being able to connect the traffic light lines on the same civil lines.

She also heard concerns from Sharjah residents who claimed they were unsure of how to handle the supplies and food they had prepared for the month of Ramadan when it was discovered that they had rotted owing to the approximately six-hour-long power outage.
Residents in the various areas I studied claimed that the responsible authorities do not accurately assess the scope of the issue and do not appear motivated to address it. They demanded that the issue be brought to the highest levels, that its causes be looked into, and that the conditions that allowed it to get this bad be looked into, pointing out that they suffered financial losses as a result of this behavior.
Sami Samih, the proprietor of the "Misbah" billboard factory, acknowledged that he had to cease work in his facility for the third day in a row owing to the ongoing power outage in Sharjah's industrial region.
The actual issue, he continued, was the nearby employees' housing: "I do not know where I will take them, and it is unreasonable to leave them in this heat."
He expressed surprise at the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority's steadfast refusal to inform its customers of the reality, stating that it "responds to complaints that electricity will return to work within half an hour, and three days have passed so far and it has not returned." We would have come up with a solution if she had notified us right away.
He questioned why, despite the high temperatures and the impending month of Ramadan, the Commission had delayed taking action and allowed the issue to worsen.
Fouad Ragab, the proprietor of the "Golden Wing for Billboards" manufacturer, made the point that, under these conditions, ceasing production for three days results in significant losses for the business.
He claimed that because there is nowhere to swiftly relocate the workers, who sleep outside the houses to escape the heat, and because the relevant authorities appear to believe that the issue is only temporary and does not call for any action. In addition to workers and businesses, the industrial neighborhood is also home to families with young children, for whom excessive temperatures could be quite dangerous.

the actual cause of the power outage.

Although she acknowledged that the Fal Petroleum Company had stopped supplying gas to the authority as a result of the authority's failure to pay its debts on time, an official from (Fal), Muhammad Abdullah Al-Sari, denied this and claimed that the relationship with the authority remains intact, indicating that gas will continue to be supplied to it.
The Sharjah Police, meanwhile, was accused of "using old and undeveloped equipment and light signals," according to sources in the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority.
She claimed that while Sharjah Police still rely on electric traffic lights, the rest of the world employs light signals that function without the usage of electricity, such as truck signals or light reflections.
The sources believed that since the light signals are connected to the same power line, stopping them when the electricity is turned off is a natural problem.
On the other hand, Colonel Muhammad Eid Al-Mazloum, the Director of the Operations Department of the Sharjah Police, stated that eight major areas in Sharjah were affected by the power outage "due to a technical defect in the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority," adding that the Operations Department had developed an emergency plan to facilitate traffic in front of parked cars that had accumulated in the main streets and squares. This plan involved distributing police patrols and setting up traffic cones. He continued by saying that traffic congestion has doubled as a result of road development, new projects, and ongoing projects.
In Sharjah, the operations room of the Civil Defence Department logged reports of residents being held in lifts of residential buildings, the majority of which are old and lack emergency automatic lift opening systems.
The majority of these reports, according to a security source with the Sharjah Civil Defence, were made yesterday afternoon, and all cases that were received were handled, the necessary actions were done, and inmates trapped in lifts were rescued.
The source urged building occupants to use the emergency exits rather than the lifts during repeated power outages.
It is interesting to note that there are 35 traffic sergeants (traffic bikes) working out of two morning and two evening meals, while 30 Al-Anjad patrols are working out of a total of four meals, with 60 patrols working for eight hours during each meal in addition to the 25 patrols. connected to the organizational unit and the field patrols' patrols.
Obaid Al Naboodah, the director of the Al Qassimi Hospital's media and public relations division, disputed that the facility experienced power interruptions. the hospital's executive.
A sudden malfunction in one of the main electricity generation units, followed by a malfunction in one of the transmission lines, resulted in the loss of a sizable generation load that the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority relied on to supply the required energy, particularly during the summer months when consumption increases.
The entirety of the businesses that depend on power or need it for their jobs were closed in the industrial districts. Due to the closing of traffic signals and the rerouting of several roads, traffic lights also ceased to function and accidents were reported

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