Power breakdown plunges Pakistan into darkness

The blackout hit 80 percent of the country.

Power breakdown plunges Pakistan into darkness

World Bulletin / News Desk

A major power breakdown plunged two thirds of Pakistan into darkness Sunday forcing people to rely on backup generators.

The breakdown caused by "technical failures" in the national grid hit 80 percent of the country around midnight local time Saturday and lasted by for at least 12 hours.

According to the Ministry of Water and Power, the crisis was aggravated after militants blasted a main transmission line in the southwestern Baluchistan province late Saturday night, suspending power supply to the entire province.

"Things are coming back to normalcy as the technical failures have been rectified," a ministry spokesman said, declining to elaborate on the nature of said failures.

The breakdown -- the third one in the last two months -- considerably affected power supply to the capital Islamabad, the commercial capital Karachi, as well as Lahore, Peshawar, and Quetta.

 

Last Mod: 25 Ocak 2015, 17:58
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