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Tajikistan Restores Full Supplies Of Electricity Throughout Country

Tajikistan's Vakhsh River, on the left, and the construction site for a new dam below the town of Rogun (file photo)
Authorities in Tajikistan say they have lifted all restrictions on electricity countrywide and all regions now have power 24 hours a day, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Nozirjon Yodgori, a spokesman for Tajikistan's national power company announced the lifting of the energy restrictions.

"The electricity rotation has ended in Tajikistan and we are providing electricity for the whole population," Yodgori said. "Regarding this, [national power company] Barki Tojik issued a statement and thanked the people for their patience and tolerance and asked them to use electricity efficiently."

Tajikistan regularly implements power rationing in winter months but rescinds those restrictions once melting snows send sufficient water to hydropower plants, usually sometime in March.

Extended periods of cold this year prevented snow from melting and forced officials to continue power rationing.

Authorities on April 14 announced the rationing was over in the capital, Dushanbe, and predicted it would end soon elsewhere as soon as the flow of water in the Vakhsh River increased sufficiently.