Cambodia is racing to prevent a new spate of power outages, similar to the unexpected rolling blackouts suffered earlier this year that caused untold damage to the economy.

Prime Minister Hun Sen warned in November that water levels at the country’s hydropower dams are running exceptionally low, driving down power plant production to about one-tenth of their normal output.

The leader has warned urban residents to prepare for more energy shortages during the dry season, typically running from October to April, if water levels do not rise sufficiently. Hun Sen had promised residents in June that there would not be power cuts in 2020.

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