Pakistan power cut: “Worst in Months”, says Pak energy minister

Pakistan suffered a major power cut on Monday. It followed with a breakdown in its national grid. The breakdown left millions of people without electricity.

The energy ministry said that at about 07:30 local time (02:30 GMT) the grid “experienced a loss of frequency, that caused a major breakdown”, adding that “swift work” was taking place to revive the system. Khurrum Dastagir, Power minister said the grid failure followed a “frequency variation” in southern Pakistan.

“In winter, the demand for electricity reduces nationwide, hence, as an economic measure, we temporarily close down our power generation systems at night,” he said.

When they were turned on in the morning, “frequency variation and voltage fluctuation” were observed in southern Pakistan “somewhere between Dadu and Jamshoro” and subsequently “power generating units shut down one by one”, he told the TV channel.

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