The supply of electricity to the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, may be cut off by winter, as representatives of the Taliban movement (recognized as terrorist and banned in the Russian Federation) have not paid the bills for its supplies. The non-payments became known to The Wall Street Journal.

According to the former head of Afghanistan’s state energy corporation (DABS) Daoud Nurzai, the Taliban government has not resumed collecting money for electricity from consumers. “The consequences will affect the entire country, but it will be especially noticeable in Kabul,” the expert noted.

Half of the electricity supplies to Afghanistan come from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Part of the country receives electricity from Iran. According to the concluded contracts, due to non-payments, suppliers have the right to completely turn off the power supply. The Islamic Republic has virtually no national energy system, and local production at the hydropower plant has been affected by the drought.

Since the Taliban came to power in mid-August 2021, Afghanistan has faced a number of serious challenges. One of them is the consequences of the drought, which affected not only the operation of hydroelectric power plants, but also the agricultural sector. The drought has hit 7.3 million people in 34 provinces of Afghanistan. If the situation does not change, people will be on the brink of malnutrition, according to Rein Paulsen, head of emergency and resilience at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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