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Large Swaths of Ghana are Facing Power Blackouts 

The nation’s power operator blamed gas shortages at a major power facility, compounding the country’s worst economic crisis in decades. Ghana partly relies on natural gas for power generation. The West African nation has battled power outages, known locally as “dumsor” for many years. GRIDCo did not say in its statement when electricity would be restored to affected areas. CNN has reached out to the agency for further comment. Recent studies expect the country’s energy crisis to worsen over the coming years, starting from this year. Residents have been burdened with hikes in energy tariffs despite the country’s power shortfalls. In May, electricity tariff soared by over 18%, following a nearly 30% increase earlier in the year. Last month, energy bills went up again by over 4% amid a biting cost-of-living crisis.