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Interruptions to Power and Water Supply in Port Gentil (January 11, 2011)
 

Societé d'Electricité et d'Eau du Gabon (SEEG) is currently unable to supply power and water in Port Gentil due to a technical problem.  Other services, such as banks, gas stations, and grocery stores have been affected by this situation and most are closed.  The security situation is subject to change without warning.  As a result, the US Embassy in Libreville recommends that U.S. citizens exercise caution and remain in their homes if possible.  The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid areas where there may be protests as even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. 

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Libreville web site (http://libreville.usembassy.gov/).  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Gabon (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1120.html) or  São Tomé & Príncipe (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1010.html).  If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). 

If you are going to live in or travel to Gabon or São Tomé & Príncipe, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP - https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy in Libreville (http://libreville.usembassy.gov/) is located in Centre Ville on the Boulevard du Bord de Mer, and may be reached at (241) 76-20-03/04 during business hours. 

For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call (241) 0738-0171 and ask to speak with the duty officer.