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Power restored in Zanzibar

DAR ES SALAAM, June 19 – Power supply was restored in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Indian Ocean isle of Zanzibar Wednesday, ending about four weeks of darkness due to damage to a local plant, officials said.

A team of UN experts and local engineers ended the repairs on an electricity cable supplying Zanzibar with power from mainland Tanzania, the United Nations said in a statement.

"The UN and development partners have been supporting the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar during the outage, but more support is needed to deal with the effects of the crisis," it said.

"So far indications are that electricity is coming back to Zanzibar step by step. But that does not mean that the problem is solved, as lots of challenges still remain for the island to fully recover from the crisis," said UN team leader Pierre Gelas.

The specialized UN team came to Tanzania last week to help the Zanzibar authorities assess the impact of the power outage that affected hospitals, schools, ministries and other public service providers.

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