Karachi: A sudden electricity breakdown in Karachi on Sunday plunged various areas of the city into darkness. 30% area of the city experienced this breakdown. The loss of electricity has been pointed to tripping of transmission line which caused the breakdown in supply of electricity from more than 10 grid stations. According to K-Electric, the power supply system collapsed due to tripping of 220 KV transmission line in Bin Qasim Thermal Power Plant, affecting 10 of 64 grid stations. It claimed that 99% humidity in the air caused the tripping, adding that teams were working on the fault to restore the power supply. As a result of the power failure, the electricity supply was disconnect to city’s Industrial Zone, Port Qasim, Pakistan Steel Mills, Landhi, Korangi, Karachi airport, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Bhains Colony, Quaidabad, Malir, Liaquatabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Nazimabad, Federal B.Area, Buffer Zone, Shadman, PECHS and some areas of Gulshan-e-Iqbal. 

K-Electric Supply Company stated that the technical problems in the grid stations will be resolved quickly after which the electricity supply will be restored. This was the third consecutive blackout hit Karachi on Sunday’s wee hours crippling life during Sehri. Protest demonstrations by citizens were also reported in many areas. Karachiites are facing acute water shortage as the prolonged power breakdown suspended power supply to pumping stations. According to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) spokesman, the power breakdown has affected 206 million gallon water supply to city from Dhabeji and Pepri pumping stations.