KARACHI - The Karachiites on Thursday continued to suffer from prolonged power outage as the city was deprived of 700MW electricity due to various reasons including suspension of power supply from Bin Qasim Power Plant and the KANNUP. Power crisis has griped the whole country due to the shortage of electricity production while Karachiites are particularly suffering as WAPDA has reduced its 400-500MW supply to the KESC. Adding to the troubles of local citizens, the two units of Bin Qasim Power Plant tripped due to over-loading while the supply from the KANNUP, which was providing 80MW to KESC, couldn't be restored. Power supply from Bin Qasim Units 1,2, and 4 couldn't be restored while sources disclosed that these units would take another two to three days to resume its supply. Due to the above-mentioned reasons, the KESC has announced 5 hours long laodshedding in different areas of the city but unannounced power outage has already stretched to more than 12 hours. The midnight load shedding continues in various parts of the city and shortage of 700MW has further aggravated the situation. Meanwhile, citizens continued their protest violently against the power crisis. The residents of Gulshan-e-Iqbal appeared on the road at Mashriq Centre and protested against the concerned authorities.  The angry mob blocked the National Stadium Road for several hours and chanted slogans against the KESC management. They also burnt tyres and old furniture and pelted stones on the vehicles. Talking to The Nation, representatives of the Market Association said that they were going to launch a massive protest campaign against the power failure and would go on strike if markets were not provided uninterrupted supply of electricity. They said that government was demanding to close shops early in the evening but on the other hand failed to provide smooth power supply in daytime, which has caused serious losses to their business. The business of small shops located in Sadar and other main markets have been severely affected as they couldn't use fuel generators during loadshedding due to which their expenses were increasing rapidly. Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Landhi, Korangi, Azam Basti, Mehmoodabad, Defence, Baldia, Shah Faisal Colony, FC Area, FB Area, Water Pump, Jamshed Road, Alexander Road, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Malir, Malir Cantt and Model Colony are among the most affected areas of Karachi.