Karachi (August 18, 2018): A spokesperson for the K-Electric said that power supply had resumed in most of Karachi but a complete continuation will take “another 2-3 hours”.
Rapid work was underway to resume citywide power supply, he explained, adding that electricity was back on in F.B. Area, PECHS, and Saddar and an operation to resume power in Garden East, Kharadar, and Punjab Chowrangi was ongoing. “We’re making efforts to resume complete power supply quickly,” he said.
Areas that experienced power outage included Defence, Saddar, North Karachi, Soldier Bazar, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Pak Colony, PECHS, Lines Area, Mehmoodabad, Baloch Colony, and Jamshed Road, among many others.
Sources said that the city’s Jinnah International Airport was also impacted by the suspension of electricity, with major portions of Jinnah Terminal and the rest of the airport facing pitch blackness. They added, however, that alternative power sources were being utilised for the sensitive areas.
On its official Twitter page, K-Electric, the metropolis’ primary power supplier, said a “500 kV transmission line connecting KE to the National Grid has tripped”.
The 500 kV transmission line connecting KE to the National Grid has tripped. This has had a rollover effect on Karachi's electric supply due to which various parts of the city are experiencing an Outage. (1/2)— KE (@KElectricPk) August 17, 2018
Large swathes of the metropolis and other areas in the Sindh province plunged into darkness as a major power breakdown hit southern Pakistan late Friday.
Restoration efforts are underway with some affected areas already back online. Power situation in the city is expected to improve significantly in the next 4 to 5 hours. We will continue to share updates. (2/2)— KE (@KElectricPk) August 17, 2018
Almost eight hours later, power was still out in Quaidabad, Malir Halt, Rafah-e-Aam Society, Alfalah Road, and surroundings.
KE’s prior claims to resume power in 2-3 hours turned out to be false, as some areas in Karachi, the country’s biggest industrial hub, were still in the dark while others, where power had somewhat resumed, were facing intermittent power cuts, posing risk to electrical appliances.
Further, a power cut that hit the Dhabeji, Gharo, and Pipri power stations has impacted the water supply to Karachi.
*Karachi Power update II*— KE (@KElectricPk) August 17, 2018
Restoration efforts are progressing swiftly. Power supply is being restored across Karachi including parts of Korangi, Landhi, Shah Faisal, Gizri, Malir, Gulshan, Johar, KDA etc. (1/2)
However, power did resume in the Lasbela district and Thatta and its surroundings in Sindh six hours later. In Hyderabad, on the other hand, electricity resumed partially after eight hours in the dark.