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Iraq's Basra is without electricity... and temperatures rise to more than 50 degrees Celsius

With high temperatures and widespread power outages in Iraq, the people of the southern oil-rich city of Basra are trying to beat the heat wave by buying ice cubes despite their high prices.

Video footage from the city showed some people queuing to buy ice blocks, which are often the only source of water and the only way to relieve the heat, which exceeded 50 degrees Celsius, while the prices of ice blocks doubled to 15,000 Iraqi dinars (€8.7; $10). .

One of Basra residents, Rahman Aziz, commented on the situation, saying: "For the children, they want cold water. There is no electricity, not even water from the tap," according to Sky News.

 Another, Saeed Raji, said: "We hope the government will pay attention to this situation and provide electricity, snow and the things we need in life."

Although heat waves and power outages are common in Iraq during the summer, the current crisis was formed, according to reports, after Iran cut off electricity supplies to Iraq earlier this week after months of wrangling over debt.

A Sky News Arabia correspondent had reported on Saturday that an unknown group had destroyed parts of the Al-Nahia power station, north of the city of Basra, Iraq. This comes at a time when the Iraqi government is trying to address the power outage crisis through several measures.

On the other hand, the Iraqi News Agency said that the high temperatures in Basra led to the markets being emptied of shoppers, in addition to a stagnation in the movement of buying and selling.

The agency stated, "As a result of the increasing temperature rise in Basra Governorate, the movement of the Basra citizen has been paralyzed, and this was evident in the streets, departments, government institutions, universities, schools and markets," noting that "the markets were devoid of shoppers, especially the public taxpayer, the center of Basra, as shops and markets were closed from owners."

She added, "The closure of the shops coincides with the rise in temperatures and the lack of shoppers, to return again with the improvement of the weather in the evening."

The official spokesman for the local government in the province of Basra and the assistant governor of Basra for administrative affairs, Maeen Saleh Al-Hassan, had previously announced to the Iraqi News Agency that "due to the high temperatures in Basra province, official working hours have been reduced in government departments and institutions until twelve noon, starting from From today, Sunday, for a week.