Karachi, parts of Sindh, Balochistan plunge into darkness; Supply restored after 10 hours

KARACHI, Dec 21 (INP): A major power breakdown early Sunday morning plunged into darkness over 80 percent areas of Karachi and parts of  interior Sindh and Balochistan provinces  and suspending water supply, operations in hospitals and other functions. The supply was restored after more than eleven hours of hectic efforts.

NTDC spokesman said the plants of Hubco and Jamshoro tripped due to heavy fog.

K-Electric spokesman Ahmed Faraz, said main transmission line of National Transmission and Distribution Company (NTDC) tripped that led to suspension of electricity.

He said the power supply from national grid was disrupted after a technical glitch in high-tension line that spawned a major power breakdown overnight.

Pwer failure was also reported in various cities of Sindh, including Hyderabad and Jamshoro, Jacobabad, Sukkur and Larkana  due to tripping of the NTDC links. HESCO sources said power supply is suspended in Hyderabad, Thatta, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allayar, Badin, Tharparkar and others since 4:00 AM.

The NTDC fault also triggered power disruption in Balochistan, leaving several cities including Quetta, Nasirabad, Jafarabad, Jhal Magsi, Sohbat Pur, without electricity.

According to details, electricity transmission from the national grid to Karachi was abruptly suspended causing a power shutdown in Nazimabad, Defence, Sharea Faisal, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Nursery, PECHS, Shah Faisal, New Karachi, Clifton, Landhi, Korangi and other areas of the provincial capital city.

NTDC said that the 500kv transmission line had tripped due to humidity and fog.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan took notice of the breakdown and ordered relevant officials to ensure resumption of electricity supply to the city as soon as possible.

As a result of powerbreakdown,water could not be pubped to Karachi from Dhabeji, Gharo and North Karachi pumping stations.

Several hospitals were also without electricity and could not carry out emergency operations.

INP/AH

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