LAHORE - The masses continued to suffer the anguish of electricity dearth for long durations, finding no respite despite better weather conditions in the provincial capital on Wednesday. Several localities including Baghbanpura, Township, Sanda, Mozang and Samanabad experienced an incessant power breakdown for at least 5 hours from 6am to 11am after the City received heavy shower in the morning. Other areas most affected by prolonged power outages include Allama Iqbal Town, Anarkali, The Mall, Saadi Park, Shadman, Multan Road, Yateem Khana, Muslim Town, Shahdara Town, Badami Bagh, Circular Road, Railway Road, Fleming Road, Islampura, Sant Nagar, McLeod Road, Band Road, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Kachupura, Garhi Shahu, Cavalry Ground, Green Town, Awan Town, Faisal Town, Model Town, Chungi Amar Sidhu, Ravi Road, Gulberg, Saddar, Cant, Mughal Pura, Gujjar Pura, Laxmi Chowk and Gawalmandi. According to the citizens, unprecedented and sudden increase in loadshedding hours have astound them as they were expecting that after the rain the excessive loadshedding would be reduced. They said that the authorities in their efforts to keep the masses calm, attributed the current power crisis to multiple 'unavoidable factors, the most important being the drastic cut in water release for hydel generation and suspension in gas supply to thermal power stations. The consumers further said that despite a change in weather conditions, they found no breathing space as prolonged and unannounced power breakdowns continued in all localities of the City. They said sometimes loadshedding spells reached the level of 8 hours without any break. They regretted the fact that unscheduled and never-ending electricity outages continued to paralyse the routine life. Lahorites says that despite having awareness regarding the electricity demand in the country, which is increasing approximately at the rate of six per cent per annum, no concrete measures are being taken to curb the demand supply gap. They also claimed that there was no power scarcity in the country, as several thermal power plants were being kept un-operational owing to non-payment by the government. They went on to say that the solution of present power crisis could only be found by building hydel power plants and big dams like Kala Bagh Dam and Bhasha Dam because the electricity produced by hydel units was cheaper than thermal plants.