ISLAMABAD (AP) – A major technical failure in Pakistan’s power generation and distribution system has led to a massive power outage that plunged the country into darkness overnight, the energy minister said.
Hours after Saturday’s break, Energy Minister Omar Ayub said on Twitter that energy was being restored in stages, starting with Islamabad. Later Sunday, he said power had been restored in much of the country.
The eclipse was initially reported on social media by residents of major urban centers, including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan. The minister and his spokesman then opened Twitter to update the country.
Ayub urged people to be patient. He said the cause of the power outage was being investigated and work was under way to set fire to Pakistan̵
Ayub told a news conference Sunday that the Gudu power plant in the southern province of Sindh had failed at 11:41 p.m., causing other power plants to shut down in seconds.
Zafar Yab, a spokesman for the energy ministry, later said that the Tarbela and Warsak plants, both in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, had returned to the grid and power was being restored to the transmission system.
Yab said the restoration of power in all areas of the country, however, would take some time.
Associated Press writer Asim Tanver of Multan, Pakistan contributed to this report