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Nearly one million households in Turkey lost their electricity service because they failed to pay their bills by the end of February, Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said in response to a parliamentary question.

Some 59,238,582 electricity bills are sent out monthly, the minister said, and some 1.52 percent of those services had been shut down at the end of February 2020, the minister said.

Some 900,426 households had lost their services at the end of February, potentially leaving them without heating.

In addition, some 118,477 households were taken to court for failing to pay their bills.

The author of the parliamentary questions, main opposition deputy Deniz Yavuzyılmaz noted that farmers’ electricity debts, a total of two billion liras, were not included in the numbers provided.