Authorities in Pakistan have gradually started restoring power supply after the country faced a massive power outage that took place on Saturday midnight. The outage was reported in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan along with some others. The incident happened because of the tripping of the National Transmission Despatch Company’s lines.
Omar Ayub Khan, the Federal minister for power posted a list of areas where supply had been restored on Twitter this morning. He further added that it will still take some time before the normal supply is restored.
The minister had earlier said the frequency in the power distribution system suddenly dropped from 50 to zero, causing the blackout. Whereas some other reports claimed that there was a fault in the Guddu power plant in Sindh province at 11:41 pm on Saturday which led to the outage.
Recently, one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai too faced a blackout in October 2020. The outage lasted for several hours and was a result of a technical failure in one of the power supply circuits at a supply station in the nearby city of Thane.
Millions of residents were affected by the outage stranding thousands of train passengers; affecting hospitals, online exams, and mobile telephone services; disrupting the new normal of work-from-home, and trapping people in elevators.
In July 2012, a two-day nationwide blackout had plundered India into darkness and stood out to be among the largest in the world.