Islamabad / 09.01.2021 21:47:46
Much of Pakistan, including its major cities, was left in darkness on Sunday due to a massive blackout, authorities said.
The blackout was due to a breakdown registered on Saturday at 11:41 p.m. in the south of the country, the Energy Minister reported, Omar Ayub Khan, clarifying that it is based on the first available elements.
« The ruling affected the country’s transmission system […] which caused the closure of the power plants, « he explains.
The blackout plunged the main cities of the country, including the capital, into darkness. Islamabad, its economic axis, Karachi, and the second largest city, Lahore.
Electricity has been restored in some areas and those responsible for the service are trying to do so in the remaining areas, the energy ministry reported.
Netblocks, a non-governmental organization that monitors internet outages, claimed that connectivity in Pakistan « collapsed » due to the blackout to « 62 percent of normal levels, » according to its Twitter account.
Power outages are frequent in Pakistan, which has been facing a chronic energy crisis for years and whose distribution system is complex and outdated. Many of its around 210 million inhabitants are without power for hours every day, and the phenomenon is exacerbated between June and September due to the heat.