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Serb water and power hit

About 70% of Serbia is without power, and people are urged to save water
Nato bombers have again hit power facilities in Serbia, causing shortages of electricity and water throughout the country.
Repeated power cuts caused by Nato raids have severely restricted water supplies in the Serbian capital and the northern city of Novi Sad.
Belgrade's water authority has appealed for people to cut consumption until supplies can be restored, and the state-run electricity company has pleaded for patience. "Every effort is being made to restore power supply to priority users to alleviate the humanitarian disaster being caused by Nato," the company said in a statement carried by Tanjug news agency.
One pro-government television station says 70% of Serbia is now without electricity and Belgrade is reported to be down to its last 10% of water reserves.

[Source: BBC News]

NATO pounds Yugoslavia power grid

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - NATO warplanes battered Yugoslavia's already crippled electricity system Sunday, leaving millions in the dark and threatening the country with water shortages.

As NATO's air campaign reached the two-month mark, Western leaders differed on the means to ensure its success. President Clinton said the air campaign was working and would return displaced Kosovo Albanians to their homes.
But British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook indicated bombing was not enough, saying NATO must prepare to deploy troops in Kosovo with or without resistance from Yugoslav security forces.
Refugees continued pouring out of the Serbian province and busloads of uprooted residents of the province entered neighboring Macedonia.
On Sunday at 4:10 a.m., the aggressor once again launched destructive projectiles at Serbian electric power plants. Targeted was the biggest distribution installation and transformer station of the NIKOLA TESLA A thermo-electric power plant in Obrenovac, announced the Serbian Electric Power Company.

In overnight attacks, several important transmission lines leading from Obrenovac to Belgrade were rendered unoperational, which has once again led to cuts in electricity supplies to the largest part of the republic. Electricity has been provided for most of the priority consumers in Serbia. The restoration of the electrical system is followed by constant fluctuation, so that the citizens are called on to be careful when switching on household appliances that can be damaged in such circumstances. The Serbian Electric Power Company has also appealed to the citizens rationally to use their electricity and to avoid switching on major household consumers. Certain parts of Belgrade alternately receive electricity, while some suburban settlements have not had electricity since Friday night's attack on Serbia's power plants. Not a single facility of the city waterworks has had electricity since 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, so that the further supply of Belgrade with water is uncertain. Electricity supply has so far been normalized in Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Cacak and Bor, and partial normalization of electricity supply has been achieved in Nis, Jagodina, Uzice and Sabac. Supplies have not been normalized in Sombor, Subotica, Novi Sad, Pancevo and Valjevo, where only priority consumers are being switched on, while most parts of these cities are without electricity.

[Source: Radio Yugoslavia]



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