DOHA: A sudden power outage in Al Mamoura area of Doha early yesterday afternoon that lasted hours, forced some residents to check into hotels to flee extreme heat and humidity.
The families, especially women, children and the elderly, were unable to bear the heat following disruption in electricity supplies for over five years as day temperatures peaked at 51 degrees Celsius, Al Sharq reported yesterday.
The daily said this was not the first time that electricity tripped in Al Mamoura. The area was left without power for nearly five hours the previous week.
People suffered, especially women, children and the elderly and those suffering from asthama and other diseases were in tremendous agony. Yesterday, electricity suddenly went off in the area at 2pm and supplies were restored five-and-a-half hours later, at around 7.30pm. People were unable to bear the heat and humidity as the mercury levels were showing 51 degrees C, said the daily.
Some people called the emergency of utility distributor Kahramaa (Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation), to find out the reason of disrupted power supplies and when it would be restored but in vain. “No one was picking up the phone. We kept calling in vain,” a resident was quoted by the daily as saying.