The world sunk into 212 million people Saturday night through an explosion in Pakistan’s national energy grid, officials said.
“The eclipse across the country has caused a sharp drop in the frequency of the energy transmission system,” Pakistani Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan told Twitter. He urged people in the world to remain calm.
This has been Pakistan’s most famous power outage since 2015.
The Ministry of Energy said in a statement that the Southern Sindh Province Pakistan thermal power plant in Pakistan had broken up and forced power plants to stop in the entire region, according to a preliminary survey.
“There’s a long line across the city from the gas stations; cars are in line while people buy their spare generators for fuel,” Akbar Saifi said. “I’m in line, people wait a lot with gas tins.” Karachi’s resident.
In different parts of the world initiative is underway to restore power. According to details provided by the city’s electricity firm, K-Electric, much of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, is still without electricity.
Energy Minister Ayub Khan declared on Twitter at 6.44 a.m. Sunday local time that much of Islamabad’s capital has regained its power.
The electrical power utility said in a statement that “Since 12am last night, KE teams have been working to restore power rapidly to affected parts,” adding that, alongside KE power generation from the Bin Qasim power plant and IPPs, transmission and distribution networks have been swiftly restored.
“By late evening, supplies from the national grid were also resumed through existing interconnection points with K-Electric. Most parts of Karachi have been energised already, while teams are available to address any individual customer complaints received at its 118 call centre,” it said.
The PIA Speaker of Pakistan’s main aircraft, Abdullah khan, said that, despite the power failure, all air operations will remain operational.
“There are backup generators at all major airports in the country,” he said.
In several cities, almost simultaneously the power outage was announced shortly before midnight. The black out faced the citizens of Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and others.
Hamza Shafqaat warped Islamabad’s Deputy Commissioner that the line of the National Transmission Despatch Company had tripped and caused a breakdown. “Sometime it will take before all gets back to normal,” he said.
Strom shutdowns are not rare in Pakistan, with most hospitals, airports and other establishments providing generators of their own. Those that will also maintain a diesel generator at home if a power loss happens.
Failure of the system
Earlier, a Twitter ministry official tweeter spokesman on energy said that Guddu’s power plant had developed a fault on Saturday evening at 11:41pm, according to initial reports.
“Due to the error, the high transmission lines of the country were traveling, resulting in the system frequency falling in less than a second from 50 to 0.
The fall in frequency has brought power stations to a halt.”
Internet access in Pakistan is “failed” by Netblocks, which records internet abuses, reporting that the connectivity level in Pakistan is “average at 62percent.”
Pakistan has had frequent power outages in Pakistan in the past, citing the weak distribution system of the region.
In 2015 almost 80% of the world plunged into the shadow of a suspected terrorist attack on a main transmission line for more than nine hours.
Billions of dollars invested in the energy sector have resolved Pakistan’s power shortages in recent years. It also leads to developing the country’s delivery networks.
Efforts to restore
In the late morning, the authorities announced on Twitter that power was restored in several areas of major cities such as Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.
The K-Electric said power was restored to the port city in phases.
The energy service provider said on Twitter that “engineering teams” are making “full efforts” to restore electricity.
No immediate reports of hospital disturbances, which often depend on back-up generators, were reported.
AFP quoted a spokesperson for the Water and Energy Ministry saying power is restored in certain parts of the country but still wait in numerous places in Lahore and Karachi.