Power and water cuts are becoming increasingly frequent in the capital Banjul and its surrounding areas, preventing many companies and workers from operating normally. According to local reports, service interruptions are unpredictable, widespread, and can last for extended periods of time. Associated social unrest (protests, etc.) cannot be ruled out.
Water and electricity supplies in the country are provided by a state-owned company NAWEC (National Water and Electricity Company), currently on the brink of bankruptcy. The company produces 45 megawatts of electricity per day while the Banjul region needs a production of 70 megawatts to supply its 2 million residents. According to the company spokesperson, the electricity generators are too old and need replacing.
Individuals in Banjul and its surroundings are advised to conserve and stock up on water when possible, to monitor developments to the situation, and to avoid all gatherings as violence may flare up without warning.