CEOL - Serbia Ends Emergency Power Cuts

BELGRADE, Nov 21, 1999 -- (Reuters) The Serbian state power company EPS said on Saturday it had ended emergency power cuts after four days due to improved supplies and reduced consumption.

Tanjug news agency quoted EPS managing director Slobodan Babic as saying that "in the night between Friday and Saturday, EPS secured normal power supplies to consumers across Serbia."

The EPS imposed power cuts on Tuesday and its officials said the system, damaged by NATO air strikes, was on the verge of collapse.

Officials warned on Wednesday that the restrictions would go on until consumption dropped by seven percent.

NATO's bombs put the lights out across Serbia and power cuts continued briefly after the bombing ended. The system was repaired but the EPS officials said its capacity was now limited.

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