PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The Electricity of Haiti (EDH) has apologised to consumers in various communities as well as in the capital, after their electricity supply was disrupted due to the actions of “heavily armed individuals”.
In a statement, the EDH said that the armed persons had invaded its Carrefour-Feuilles Substation, on the pretext that their zones were not being supplied with electricity.
But it said that once inside the building they threatened security guards and service technicians, who were forced to flee the premises and that the building was looted and operating equipment vandalised.
EDH said as a result, the substation has become inoperative and that several areas of the capital are no longer being supplied with electricity. It said subscribers in a number of communities, including Carrefour-Feuilles, Savanne Pistache, Decayette, Route des Dalles, Rue Fouchard and Fort Mercredi, are also affected.
“Such actions, far from satisfying the electricity needs of local residents, only make EDH’s difficulties more complicated because the operating equipment of the substations is expensive and difficult to repair or replace,” the EDH said, assuring subscribers of its willingness to resume service as soon as possible.
Haiti’s Prime Minister Dr Ariel Henry has called on the international community to support efforts to deal with the ongoing socio-economic and political situation in his country.
He said to deal with this situation, his administration urged the international community to participate in a specialised multinational force to help the Haitian security forces to fight against the proliferation of organised crime, the illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition, and eradicate the gangs that have held the country hostage.