Pakistan power crisis – level 2

04-06-2024 15:00

In Pakistan, many people steal electricity, so authorities are stopping this by cutting off their power. People steal about 30% of electricity in the country. Past governments couldn’t fix this problem. People bribe officials to ignore the stealing. Samiullah Khan has a repair shop in Mingora and he needs electricity for his work. But power cuts last 16 to 18 hours a day, which hurts his business a lot.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif wants to stop power theft and repair the old electricity system. New projects are slow because of money problems, so Pakistan buys expensive fossil fuels. Electricity costs 45% more than in other countries nearby, and the International Monetary Fund wants prices to go higher. High fuel prices make electricity expensive, and very hot weather over 50°C makes life even worse without enough power.

Difficult words: bribe (to give money for something illegal), ignore (to not listen or give attention to something), theft (stealing).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

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