Pakistan’s Energy Ministry said there were nationwide power outages on Monday morning due to a “major breakdown” in the national grid, with factories, schools and hospitals in all major cities damaged.
Energy Minister Khurum Dastagir said the outage started at around 7:34 am local time (0234 GMT) when there was a voltage outage in the grid between the towns of Jamshoro and Dadu in the southern province of Sindh.
“There was a power outage and the systems were shut down one by one. This is not a major crisis,” he told news station Geo TV.
Outages have been reported in the southern port city of Karachi, the capital Islamabad and Lahore to the east and Peshawar to the north.
The ministry said in a statement that I am in work is underway to restart the plants, and the minister has indicated that electricity has returned in some areas of the country.
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