Serbia Faces Electricity And Fuel Shortages
Serbia’s thermal power plants need more coal and fuel oil to supply heat and electricity to the population and organizations due to heavy snowfall, said Zorana Mihajlovic, head of the Ministry of Mining and Energy.
Heavy snowfall across Serbia on Sunday led to difficulties in Belgrade and several localities. The state enterprise Putevi Srbije reported in the afternoon that more than 800 snow clearing vehicles and more than 1.8 thousand employees are working to eliminate the consequences of the snowfall. National television has reported that roads to some villages in the mountains have been cut off by the snow and that the power supply has been interrupted.
« We will use all resources and every possibility to preserve the stability of the system and solve problems in certain areas of Serbia, so that citizens who were left without heat and electric power could be connected to the grid as soon as possible, » the ministry quoted the Energy Minister as saying.
« At a meeting of the working group on energy supply reliability, we decided to organize everything necessary to supply the industry with sufficient amounts of fuel oil and start production, » Mihajlovic pointed out and urged citizens to use electricity rationally.
In the Serbian capital, snowfall caused several trees to fall on vehicles. Due to heavy rainfall, the routes of several public transport lines were shortened.