Hanoi power company told to stop power cuts

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Hanoi has ordered the city's power supply company to stop power cuts for effecting repairs and improvements to the electricity grid from Saturday onwards.

The Hanoi People's Committee issued the order following rising public complaints about continuous and long-lasting blackouts across the city over the past week, making it particularly difficult to withstand the current scorching weather conditions.

The city's average temperature reached 39.6 Celsius degrees on Wednesday, which was the highest since 1961, the news website VnExpress reported, citing Nguyen Huu Hai, an official from the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

According to Nguyen Huy Tuong, vice chairman of the People's Committee, the Hanoi Power Company's recent power cuts were unreasonable, given the hot weather conditions.

They had failed to comply with the municipal authorities by not refraining from effecting the power cuts, Tuong said.

Pham Le Hung, director of the Hanoi Power Company's information center, told Tuoi Tre that they'd recently cut power supply to several areas to repair the grid and prevent it from overloading, and to prepare for works celebrating the city's 1,000th anniversary to be held this October.

The power cut schedule was made weeks in advance, so the company had no idea that it would coincide with the hot weather, Hung said.

"We don't want to cut power during hot days, but as the plans had already been made, we had to act accordingly," he said.

It was not easy to give advance notice to residents about delays in power cuts, and deferring the work will cause many difficulties as related agencies have made extensive preparations to carry out the repair work on the power grid, the director explained.

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