The day the lights went out: the terrible toll of Malawi's power cuts | John Vidal

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Anger boiled over at last week’s national blackout, which saw babies dying in incubators, yet outages are frequent – for the lucky 10% of people with electricity

Rural health worker Patrick Kamzitu is relaxed about the long and frequent power cuts that plague Malawi and which last week almost brought it to a halt when the whole country went dark for two hours.

“Power cuts? We have no power cuts here. We hear of what is happening in the cities but we have no problem here because we don’t have any electricity to cut,” he says.

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