Lebanon’s national energy grid failed completely on Saturday, plunging the entire nation into darkness.
Private generators, which many cannot afford, are expected to be the only source of electricity for several days, according to The Washington Post.
The country’s generators run on diesel fuel. When the nation’s two main power plants, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, ran out of fuel, they were forced to shut down.
In a metaphor for the country itself, the state-owned electricity company had been teetering closer and closer to total collapse in recent weeks.
BEIRUT: What full collapse of the national Electricity grid looks like. #Lebanon’s capital, once dubbed ‘Swiss of the East’, goes completely dark tonight due to corrupt political class & fuel shortages: pic.twitter.com/9FKGD7oij4
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam)