KARACHI – A major power breakdown struck Karachi early on Friday morning, plunging 70 per cent areas of the megacity into darkness.
More than 70 per cent of Karachi was without power after a 500KV transmission line supplying electricity to the metropolis tripped near Jamshoro. According to K-Electric, the main electricity supplier for the city, the 500KV high transmission line tripped near Jamshoro around 5:45am, resulting in suspension of power supply to more than two-third of Karachi.
“Disruption at the 500kV EHT line has caused the #KarachiBlackout, teams working to restore power asap,” said K-Electric in a message posted on their official Twitter account. “Disruption at Hub-Jamshoro 500kV transmission line has affected KE’s network. Our teams are working non-stop to normalise the situation,” it said.
Areas including Tariq Road, Drigh Road, Gulshan-i-Maymar, Shah Latif Town, Buffer Zone, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Safoora Goth, Defence, Clifton, Saddar, Gurumandir, Lasbela, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Steel Town, Shadman Town, Liaquatabad, Lyari, Ranchore Lines, and Federal B Area were without power since early in the morning due to the power power failure.