Power outage turns midsummer night’s dream into a ‘nightmare’

Power outage turns midsummer night’s dream into a ‘nightmare’
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Power outage turns midsummer night’s dream into a ‘nightmare’
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Updated 12 June 2015

Power outage turns midsummer night’s dream into a ‘nightmare’

Power outage turns midsummer night’s dream into a ‘nightmare’

RIYADH: Families in the Malaz district underwent an ordeal on Wednesday when there was a sudden power failure around 11 p.m., which aggravated the situation for women and children, already facing sweltering June heat.
The outage, Arab News was told, was caused by a technical glitch at a sub-station in the suburb of the capital. “It was fixed in the least possible time,” an official at the enquiry No. 933 said.
Traffic congestion at Sitteen (Salahuddin Ayyubi) and Pepsi Cola (Al-Ahsa) streets became worse as signals stopped working.
Police took positions at all signals to ease jams caused by frantic motorists who wanted to reach homes. Security patrols were dispatched to the Malaz district to prevent any crimes.
The duration of the outage varied from place to place. From 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., the blackout hit the area near the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Football Stadium and continued to the neighborhood around Jareer Street behind Al-Bilad Bank and the street behind the Macoys food joint till 6:15 a.m. on Thursday.
Mohammed Hassan, an accountant, said that the experience was more irritating as most of the expat students in international schools were preparing for their year-end examinations. “Even the Edexcel examinations are going on.” He reported that power was restored after 6:15 a.m.
Mohammed Ali, who works for a steel company, said his family decided to find solace in a furnished apartment but unfortunately all the rooms there were already occupied by affected families with infants. “Finally, we had to return home and we got the power back only at 5:15 a.m.”
Ali said that such a situation is very rare in the Kingdom, therefore, people are unable to cope with it.” There are countries that have regular power cuts daily.”
Mohamed A. Sally, who works at a foreign mission in the Diplomatic Quarter, said he and his wife slept in their car with the air condition on.
Asgar Amadan, who was not affected by the power failure, hosted several of his friends who came to his house to escape the summer heat.
“There were about 10 people who sought refuge at my house,” he said, adding that it was a good opportunity for everyone to meet in an informal gathering.