The Egyptian capital Cairo suffered from substantial power outages on 4 September, which resulted in disruption to metro services in the capital.

The power cuts were due to “malfunction”, according to Energy Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Yamani.

The power outages led to the suspension of services on one of the city’s metro lines and TV and media outlets were unable to broadcast. The blackouts began during rush hour, with some areas still suffering from no power several hours later, according to international media reports.

Egypt’s network suffers from prolonged power shortages during peak summer periods, with a supply shortfall of about 3,000MW in mid-2013.