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24 April 2024

Outage leaves millions without power in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi

By Agencies


A massive power outage struck Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi early Thursday and left the entire city of more than 15 million people without electricity, a spokesman said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the outage or when power would be restored, said Sultan Hassan, a spokesman for the Karachi Electric Supply Corp.

Power from the state-run Water and Power Development Authority was suddenly cut, prompting the southern seaport city’s entire electricity distribution network to shut down, Hassan said.

“The power supply has come to zero. That is unprecedented,” Hassan said. “We are trying to find out why the power supply from WAPDA was discontinued.”

A spate shortages of electricity, natural gas and wheat flour angered voters in the run-up the country’s February 18 elections, which routed supporters of President Pervez Musharraf.

The party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which finished first in the vote and was expected to lead the new government, has vowed to address the shortfalls but has not given any details.

Outages are relatively common in Karachi, Pakistan’s main port and one of the world’s largest cities. Power cuts in the heat of last summer triggered rioting across the city. (AP)