Jul 14, 12:42 PM EDT

Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees has switched on a revamped electricity network, equipping 80,000 residents with nine hours of steady power per day


Documents
Indictment of Monzer al-Kassar
Latest Syria News
Syrian opposition activists say government air raids have struck five clinics in the northern province of Aleppo where violence has intensified in recent weeks

A leading international human rights group says more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon do not go to school and receive no formal education

The Israeli military says it fired two missiles at a drone that crossed into its airspace from neighboring Syria

Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees has switched on a revamped electricity network, equipping 80,000 residents with nine hours of steady power per day

Syrian President Assad says he doesn't know how U.S.-born journalist Marie Colvin died in Syria in 2012

Interactive
Iraqi Communities in the U.S.

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees has switched on a revamped electricity network, equipping 80,000 residents with nine hours of steady power per day.

The new grid is the latest sign of Zaatari camp, set up in 2012, transforming into an established community with some paved streets and busy shopping areas.

Jordan hosts some 650,000 of nearly 5 million Syrians who have fled civil war at home, now in its sixth year.

The new network came on line Thursday, replacing a chaotic tangle of cables run to trailers from power lines meant to light streets. Transformers often blew out from overload.

Refugees welcomed the new system which officials say ensures a fairer distribution of electricity.

The U.N. refugee agency says the network caps monthly consumption for the camp at $500,000.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.