Strpce In Kosovo, 20 Hours a Day Without Power, For Ten Days

Published on October 24, 2006, RTS - Radio and Television of Serbia

Category: Violence Against Christian Serbs and Their Holy Places

Translated by Alex

In the municipality of Strpce, in Kosovo, in which about 10,000 Serbs live, there have been power cuts for the last ten days, for as many as 20 hours a day. This is causing disturbance among the Serbian community.

Restrictions have been in place since October 14th and a possible humanitarian catastrophe may develop, warns the Strpce Red Cross.

"As a consequence of power cuts, where residents have been left without power for 20 hours daily, for the last ten days, it has disrupted ordinary life, and it looks like the Serbian community is being deprived of the basics of life. The local school is holding shortened classes, the local hospital is functioning with difficulty, and TV and cell phone services are also having trouble functioning.

400 internally displaced people in collective centers are at risk. Homes and businesses are facing food rotting in their refrigerators and freezers.

"Thus, the power restrictions are increasing poverty and creating a bad psychological condition of the Serbian community, now that the Kosovo final status is in the process of being solved", says the Strpce Red Cross.

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