Anybody who thinks this is better than Saddam Hussein, the short bus will be by to take you to school tomorrow.
Iraq’s national power grid is on the brink of collapse, the country’s electricity ministry has warned.
Water supplies to Baghdad have also been cut off for days at a time, with summertime pressures on key systems said to be more intense than ever.
The ministry blamed poor maintenance, fuel shortages, sabotage by insurgents and rising demand for the problems, and said some provinces hold onto supplies.
The US Army told the BBC that Iraq must now take charge of fixing the problems.
The general in charge of helping Iraq rebuild its infrastructure, Michael Walsh, said that although Iraqi authorities only have one-quarter of the money needed for reconstruction, solving the problem was now up to them.
Gen Walsh told the BBC that the US had jump-started reconstruction but that, working with donor nations, the Iraqi government needed to do the rest.
The Iraqi warning came a week after the charity, Oxfam, and a coalition of Iraqi NGOs reported that nearly one-third of Iraq’s population was in need of immediate emergency aid.
Their report suggested 70% of Iraqis did not have adequate water supplies and that only 20% had access to effective sanitation.
What makes Baghdad the worst place in the country is that most of the lines leading into the capital have been destroyed
Iraqi electricity ministry
A spokesman for the electricity ministry said Iraq’s electricity system was only meeting half of the demand and that there had been four nationwide blackouts last week.