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Poor electricity cables in Hodeida leave one child dead.

HODEIDA, April 10 -- Yemen's Public Electricity Corporation announced on Monday that they would be mounting a nationwide campaign to repair worn-out electrical cables.

This decision came following the death of nine-year-old Bakr Khalid Mohammad Salem, who was electrocuted to death after power cables fell on him in Al-Khokha district of Hodeida last Thursday.

Protests spread after the boy's death, Abdulrahman Hajar, deputy director of Hodeida branch of the Public Electricity Corporation said.

In comparison to other Yemeni governorates, Hodeida has the largest number of dilapidated power lines, Hajar said. They were installed 15 years ago and have received little maintenance since then.

Engineer Harith Al-Omari, the deputy of Yemen's Public Electricity Corporation, told the Yemen Times that repairing the electrical infrastructure in Hodeida would cost $92 million. About $500 million have been allocated to improve electricity wires nationwide, Al-Omari said. The repairs will start in Sana'a, Aden, Hodeida and Taiz as these are the most populous governorates. Within those regions, neighborhoods are selected for development based on their population density.

The campaign had been in the works before the death of the Salem, but the young boy's death has made the problem of decaying electrical infrastructure more urgent.

Al-Omari said Yemen's Ministry of Electricity and Energy is working with the Ministry of Planning and International Corporation, discussing the possibility of allocating funds to repair the electricity system out of the grants provided by the Friends of Yemen Conference, which took place in London last month.

"We started repairing electricity networks in the governorates at the beginning of 2013," Khalid Al-Ademi, Director of the Technical Department and Distribution at the Electricity Corporation in Hodeida, said.

"We finished working in two neighborhoods, such as Aloqaia neighborhood, and established new transformers, wires and high and low pressure cables." "There are seven electricity stations in Hodeida, and we will add nine other stations, each producing 20 megawatts of electricity."

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
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Date:Apr 11, 2013
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