Over 220 million people out of power in Pakistan after national grid malfunction

According to the energy ministry, Pakistan experienced a sizable power outage on Monday morning due to a sudden drop in frequency that caused the national grid to malfunction.

It happened before an electrical blackout affected the entire nation. Two years earlier, in January of that year, there was a widespread blackout that Omar Ayub Khan, the previous electricity minister, attributed to the same technical problem.

After Pakistan’s southern region went completely dark in October, it took the government about a day to bring electricity back to important urban areas like Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, and other places in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

According to initial reports, the National Grid’s system frequency dropped around 7:34 this morning, significantly disrupting the electricity system, the energy ministry wrote in a tweet. System repair work had already started and was “progressing swiftly.”

In the meantime, the authorities had begun restoring power from the federal capital, Islamabad, and would soon take care of Lahore and its surrounding areas, according to Chaudhry Amin, CEO of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), who made the announcement in a statement.

Imran Rana, a K-Electric representative, tweeted that the company was “investigating the situation” following “several outages” in different Karachi neighborhoods.

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