Good morning to you! It's very early here and the !rain has now stopped that was going on for quite a while throughout the evening and night. I'm amazed how much needed rain has come to visit us the past two months.

@simsa03
Same here! It is a beautiful sight in the morning, but there were deadly landslides in another part of this district.

Rain is so heavy and we just lost electricity!

Yes, the power outages are a common side-effect of the rain in your region, at least when I remember conversations with you a couple of years ago correctly. How do people deal with it? Do they rely on local / decentralized power generators? How do hospitals and other critical infrastructure cope?

@simsa03 We are back! :)

Yes, the situation is still the same. Hospitals have backup power generators, so nothing gets interrupted during an outage. Phone and Internet connections continue to work because service providers have backup generators.

It is entirely a different story for ordinary citizens, schools and small - medium scale businesses. This is specially the case during the pandemic because many people now work from home. Everything comes to a standstill.

@simsa03 We don't have local or decentralized power generators. The best you can do is buying your own generator for your business or home, or deploying your own solar power system.

Is the use of solar panels widespread? I can image that the middle class (however she is defined) can afford it, but what about the oridnary people, the small shop owners, the craftsmen, teachers? And how do the restaurants and small food stands? (Perhaps it suffices when you point me to a webpage, I don't want to take up all your time.) Or is it rather that in Sri Lanka many activities are not that dependent on electrictiy like the over-developed west, so that many people can go by without having to rely on constant electricity supply for their daily chores? How dependent are people on the constant availability of high amounts of electricity?

@simsa03 Solar panels aren't widespread because they are very expensive. All the sectors and people you mention depend on electricity. And they get affected whenever there is an outage.

What I post is largely about where I live. When I was living in Colombo or Kandy I never experienced power outages.

Dependence on electricity changes from province to province. But these days it is almost universal because schools and other work places have to operate remote.

@simsa03 hm, cannot really say the 'middle class' here can afford solar panels. Maybe the affluent sections of the upper middle class can. But it is very rare.

I had a series of power and broadband outages. That is why it took a while to reply to your question! :D

Thank you anyway. I was using the term "middle class" loosely as I simply don't know how European "middle class" compares to strata of society in Sri Lanka. And I guess that even for the Sri Lankian "uppermiddle class" won't use SP much as they may be even more expanisive in your country than here in Germany where they are still subsidised by the government.

I came to wonder about electricity supply for the vast majority of the citizenry in Sri Lanka, be it rural or in agglomerations like Colombo, by 1) your regular reports about power outages (often due to rain), and 2) my increasing interest in infrasturcture and its apatability.

Right now I'm under the impression that seemingly everyone who can afford it has a fuel generator in his backyard or basement. Whcih will create its own supply problems. So I am asking as you awaken a deeper interest in me how people in Sri Lanka deal with power supply and shortages.

@simsa03 If you walk down the streets in my hometown during a power outage, you'll see everyone who can afford a fuel generator has it running on the pavement outside of their shops and restaurants, and the rest of the shops look like black holes. You pass the generator and enter the shop, inhaling the smoke. Most of them are very noisy too.

So there must be a huge market and industry for new and used generators, for maintenance and repair, as fuel generators build the backbone of the ordinary citizens' supply with electricity. Are these generators home built or imported? How to people cope with noise and exhaust fumes? I guess it's pretty hazardous.
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@simsa03 This isn't a huge market. Only a small minority of shops have generators.

Most people simply wait until the power supply is restored. This is the case with ordinary citizens who don't run businesses or offices for the public.

Again, this is not a nationwide situation. I think my area is far above average levels when it comes to power outages.

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@simsa03 Let me check if I can find some trustworthy statistics :)

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