This summer is different in Egypt. Repeated power and water cuts have hit different districts every single day over the past few months. And although there wasn't a clear official statement it was commonly understood that the repeated electricity cut was to reduce loads on power stations.
However, today [August 8, 2012] was different. Most of Cairo residents woke up to a major electricity failure that not only affected their houses and offices, but also Cairo's underground metro and the Egyptian Stock Exchange.
Mado shares his story:
Mostafa Al Naggar, a former Member of Parliament, says:
قطع الكهرباء عن المترو جريمة قتل عمد ينبغى محاكمة المسئول عنها ، لن يحتمل الشعب مزيدا من العبث والاهمال والعجز بسبب الفشلة العاجزين
Maged Abedo asks:
إزاى مترو الأنفاق ما يكونش فيه مولدات إحتياطية وسيتي ستارز فيه، عجبى
Hany Hathout exclaims:
@HHathout : Black Out. No electricity all over the city.
Journalist Sarah Carr asks:
@Sarahcarr : Were the electricity cuts in Cairo this widespread and frequent last summer?
And Amr Hassan notes:
@superamr : So much sun. So little electricity. #Cairo
But one resident says the electricity cuts bring much needed peace to Cairo. Patricia Stein comments:
@PsteinND : The moment the electricity cuts in #Cairo its quiet…beautifully quiet. I request longer outages please. Bring people back to reality.