Power is slowly being restored in Pakistan’s major cities after a massive power outage.
The country’s electricity distribution system is a complex and fragile web of more than 210 million people, and a problem in one part of the grid could wreak havoc across the country.
The latest blackout occurred at 11.41pm local time (1841 GMT) in South Pakistan on Saturday due to an “engineering error” that affected the system, Chief Minister Omar Ayub Khan told a press conference. And shut down the power plants. In Islamabad.
“Our experts are trying to pinpoint the exact location of the error, which we have not been able to identify.”
“It will take a few more hours as the region is still shrouded in dense fog,” Khan said, adding that partial power supply was partial to most parts of the most populous province of Punjab, and the economic hub of Karachi in the south. Has been restored.
The blackout plunged all major cities in Pakistan, including the capital Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, the second largest city, into darkness.
There have been no reports of disruptions in hospitals, which can often rely on backup generators.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Water and Power said power had been restored in some parts of the country but was still awaited in many areas of Lahore and Karachi.
NetBlocks, which monitors Internet outages, said the blockout disrupted online communications in the country. This was at the “62% normal” contact level Tweet.
This was Pakistan’s second major breakdown in less than three years. In May 2018, the power supply was partially affected for more than nine hours.
In 2015, a clear insurgent attack on a key power line plunged 80% of Pakistan into darkness.
The blackout, the worst in Pakistan’s history, caused power outages in major cities across the country, including Islamabad, and affected the country’s international airports.
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