Watch: Darkness descends on the streets of Lahore and Karachi due to power outages in Pakistan

Watch: Darkness descends on the streets of Lahore and Karachi due to power outages in Pakistan
Watch: Darkness descends on the streets of Lahore and Karachi due to power outages in Pakistan
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Large parts of Pakistan, including the major cities of Lahore and Karachi, experienced power outages on Monday morning, according to the authorities.

Power outages are common in Pakistan, which has faced an energy crisis for years and relies on a complex and dilapidated distribution system.

A fault caused a power outage at 07:30 local time (02:30 GMT). This is the second such incident in just two years in the country of more than 220 million people.

“According to preliminary information, the frequency of the system on the national grid decreased (Monday) morning, which led to a widespread outage,” the energy ministry said on Twitter.

Nutrition has partially restored in the capital, Islamabad, and in Peshawar, in the northwest of the country, in the morning.

But the major economic city of Karachi with 15 million people, and the second most populous city of Lahore (10 million), were still without electricity late in the morning.

The outage did not immediately affect the health system, as most hospitals are equipped with emergency generators, while schools use a heating system that relies on gas.

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A similar outage in January 2021 plunged Pakistan into darkness for several hours, after an “engineering fault” in the south caused cascading failures across the country.

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The problem of power outages is repeated in Pakistan, but the situation has worsened in recent months, as the deteriorating financial situation exacerbated the difficulties of supplying energy.

The crisis affects families, as well as industries, including the textile sector, for example, which represents about 60 percent of Pakistani exports.

In May 2018, electricity was partially cut off for more than nine hours in the country.

And in 2015, an insurgent attack on a major power line plunged about 80 percent of Pakistan into darkness, according to the government.

The outage, one of the worst in Pakistan’s history, cut off power to major cities across the country, including Islamabad, and affected an international airport.

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