Since last week, there have been power outages in Tehran and other Iranian cities, which could continue until the end of this month, officials said.
“We are sorry for the situation and problems of the citizens in recent days,” Rouhani said in a statement aired on local television.
Unconfirmed videos not aired on social media show mass protests in the southern urban centers of Shiraz and Gazeron and in the northern Amol and C்குrdoba and the capital.
“On the one hand, the generation has declined due to the condition of hydropower plants, on the other hand, there has been an increase in consumption,” the Iranian president said.
Earlier, Rouhani had confirmed an unprecedented drought with less than 52 per cent rainfall compared to the previous season and estimated it to be the worst in the last decade.
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Artaganian also apologized for the situation and announced that government departments would be closed until the end of August to save electricity.
Power outages often occur in Iran during the summer due to a significant increase in air conditioners, which allow users to cool from temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius.
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