Major cities plunge into darkness after power breakdown
Monday, February 25, 2013 - Islamabad—A major power failure occurred in cities across Pakistan late Sunday night.
Urban centres including Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Quetta and Peshawar were affected after a fault developed in the National Power Control Centre (NPCC).
A 1200-megawatt Hubco power plant tripped which lead to a system failure across Pakistan, according to the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda).
In Karachi 36 grid stations tripped. At least 70 per cent of the city plunged into darkness, reports suggested. In the rest of Sindh there were reports of power failures.
In Quetta and surrounding areas of the provincial capital, power supply was suspended too following the fault at NPCC. Apart from Quetta, power supply has gone in northern and central districts of Balochistan.
Cities in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also faced the same difficulty, with reports suggesting several cities experiencing power outages.
People faced great difficulties after the abrupt power breakdown.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf took notice of the power breakdown. PM House issued a statement saying that the prime minister was monitoring the situation.
Officials from the Ministry of Water and Power said that officers were working on the technical problems.