Pakistan : Major power breakdown plunges entire country into darkness

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A massive power breakdown has plunged the entire country into darkness. The outage was reported shortly before midnight on Saturday almost simultaneously in many cities.  The blackout was reported on social media by residents of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Kasur and other cities.  According to Federal Energy Minister Omar Ayub, the blackout was caused after the frequency in the national power distribution system suddenly fell from 50 to zero.  He said the reason for the frequency dropping was being investigated, adding that attempts were being made to fire up the Tarbela power station which will lead to a sequential restoration of power supply.  “People are urged to remain patient,” the minister wrote.  #DawnToday

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