due to the damage to its hydropower dams caused by the massive earthquake last month in Sichuan province.

Officals said the 8 magnitude earthquake, which killed more than 80,000 people, damaged dozens of dams and cut coal production.

The timing could not be worse as China is already struggling to cope with massive power supply problems.

The country has been trying to feverishly build up new power capacities to meet soaring energy demand to meet the needs of its fast-growing economy.