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U.S. Gives Pakistan $280 Million To Tackle Energy Crisis

The United States has announced it's providing $280 million to Pakistan in order to address the country's worsening energy shortfall.

Mark Stroh, the U.S. Embassy spokesman in Islamabad, said the funds would support improvements to the existing Mangla Dam in the eastern Kashmir region and construction of the Kurram Tangi Dam in the western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The embassy said U.S. support of large-scale Pakistani infrastructure projects was expected to add 900 megawatts to the national power grid by 2013 -- enough to power 2 million households and businesses.

Pakistanis are experiencing hours of power outages every day as the country suffers severe energy shortages.

The situation has been intensified by the holy month of Ramadan in the summer, when Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from predawn to sunset.

Based on reporting from dpa