Power outages have spoiled the Chinese New Year’s Eve celebration again for the rural citizens of Yueyang, Hunan Province, making the local government a target of anger for “power grid corruption” and allegedly failing to do their jobs.
The blackout, caused by burnt transformers, left more than a thousand villagers in darkness at around 8 p.m. on Feb. 9, according to Xinhua, the state mouthpiece.
More than a dozen towns and counties in Yueyang Municipality were also affected, including Miluo City, Xiangyin County, Linxiang City, and elsewhere.
The electricity was not restored until dawn.
Since 2012, frequent power outages have infuriated residents of Yueyang.
The power department repeatedly promised to improve its service by upgrading its equipment and capacity, but the problem has not been resolved.
Some netizens revealed that Yueyang’s case isn’t isolated. Baoshan town of Hanzhong City, Shanxi Province, also had a complete power outage, according to reports.
Citizens have criticized local governments for not doing their jobs, attributing the outages to corruption.“As long as corruption continues, blackouts will continue,” a netizen in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, wrote.
A netizen in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province wrote, “The state grid corruption tops all others.”
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