By Ayman Amzein.
Benghazi, 22 August 2015:
Benghazi’s struggling bakers are being supplied with up to 30,000 bags of much-needed flour over the . . .[restrict]next two days, the city’s mayor, Omar Barasi announced today.
The shipment ought to mean an end, for now, to early morning queues outside bakeries and the frequent rationing of loaves. Barasi explained that the shortage had come about because the State had failed to pay millers, both local and foreign, while distribution had been disrupted by the local fighting.
Even so, the mayor said that only some 200 of Benghazi’s 500 bakeries were likely to get the flour. Power cuts had added to bakers’ problems.
This difficulty may be eased in time when the installation of new equipment is completed at Benghazi North power station. State utility GECOL announced today that it was putting a new transformer into the city’s main power plant. It said it hoped that the new transformer would bring an end to black outs.