Power failure plunges Pakistan into darkness

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“Nationwide power outage was caused by a sudden drop in frequency in the electricity transmission system,” Pakistani Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan said he told me on Twitter. He called on people across the country to be calm.

It is the most widespread power cut in Pakistan in the country since 2015.

In a statement, the Department of Energy said that, according to a first report, there had been an outage at the Guddu thermal power plant in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, which had resulted in the shutdown of power plants across the country.

In Karachi, witnesses reported seeing long lines at gas stations as people rushed to buy gasoline for their home generators, which had been running overnight.

“There are long lines in front of gas pumps in the city, cars lining up as people buy fuel for their back-up generators. I was in the line, people have been waiting for hours with cans of gasoline in hand, ”said Akbar Saifi, a resident. in Karachi.
Efforts are currently underway to restore power to various parts of the country. Vast swathes of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, still have no electricity, according to information shared by K-Electric, the company that supplies the city with electricity.

At 6:44 On Sunday morning local time, Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan tweeted that electricity had been restored to major parts of the capital Islamabad.

Abdullah Khan, spokesperson for PIA, Pakistan’s main airline, said all flight operations remain functional despite the power failure.

“All the major airports in the country have back-up generators,” he said.

Power outages are not uncommon in Pakistan and most major hospitals, airports and other institutions have their own generators. Those who can afford to keep gasoline generators at home often in the event of a power outage.

Reuters also contributed to this story.



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