Cities were left in darkness amid a major power outage across Pakistan

Cities were left in darkness amid a major power outage across Pakistan

Aerial view of buildings and houses in Karachi during a nationwide power outage in 2014. – AFP

A major power breakdown on Saturday night plunged Pakistani cities into darkness.

The disrupted cities include Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Muzaffargarh, Narowal, Bhakkar, Kabirwala, Khanewal, Bahawalpur and Sukkur.

The trouble spread to Azad Kashmir. Furthermore, according to Geo NewsNadeem Kausar, 29 districts of Balochistan were without electricity.

He said mobile and internet services were also affected due to the glitch.

Geo News A spokesman for the power division has called for an end to the rumors.

Reportedly, 500 kW transmission line tripped Geo NewsHe added that Jhelum, Tarbela and Mangla power plants were closed.

Islamabad

In Islamabad, power outages were reported in all sectors Geo News.

Karachi

Within Karachi, closures were reported from Korangi, Defense, Garden, Clifton, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, MA Jinnah Road, II Chandragar Road, Liaquatabad and FB area.

Even Jinnah International Airport was without electricity.

The power minister clarified the matter

“The frequency in the power distribution system has suddenly dropped from 50 to 0, leading to a blackout,” Power Minister Omar Ayub said in a statement on Twitter.

“We are trying to find out the reason for the decrease in frequency.”

Ayub said Tarbela would be “activated so that a phased rehabilitation could take place.”

He urged the nation to be patient.

“All our teams have reached their respective stations. As the Minister of Power, I am personally overseeing the power restoration work.

“We will keep you updated from time to time on the progress made in power restoration,” he added.

The origin of the error

In a subsequent update, Ayub said a preliminary investigation revealed that the error began at 11:41 a.m. Saturday in Guddu.

“This error led to a rapid increase in transmission lines across Pakistan, which in less than a second, reduced the frequency of the systems from 50 to 0,” he wrote.

# Blockout becomes a top trend

Within minutes of the breakdown, the term #blackout became a top trend on Twitter in Pakistan with over 50,000 tweets.

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