Pakistani Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif addressed his country’s citizens on Tuesday and apologized for “the inconvenience”. The government is working to determine the full cause of the blackout.
Pakistan’s approximately 230 million residents have been without electricity since the early hours of Monday morning. Hospitals ran on emergency generators, factories had to stop production. The government called on the population not to panic.
Power outages are more common in Pakistan, but not all major cities are affected at the same time. It was also exceptionally long. The risk of power outages has increased due to the economic crisis and this summer’s catastrophic floods in the South Asian country.
According to initial findings, fluctuations in the power grid caused the failure. Currently, power generation in Pakistan is off at night due to lower consumption during the cooler months.
According to the Ministry of Energy, when generation was restarted in the morning hours, fluctuations occurred that ultimately paralyzed the entire power grid. According to current knowledge, the government rules out sabotage.
The resumption of electricity supply did not take place in all parts of the country at the same time. In the capital Islamabad, residents were able to turn the lights back on as early as Monday evening.
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