Pakistan’s nationwide energy grid has skilled a significant breakdown, leaving hundreds of thousands of individuals in darkness, authorities officers have mentioned.
“A national blackout has been brought on by a sudden plunge within the frequency within the energy transmission system,” Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan mentioned on Twitter.
In keeping with Mr Khan, the facility breakdown was brought about after the frequency within the nationwide energy distribution system instantly fell from 50 to zero.
He has appealed to individuals throughout the nation to stay calm, however residents in Karachi have voiced their fears and considerations.
“There’s plenty of concern,” mentioned Usama Khan mentioned. “Generally only one or two cities lose energy however we will not perceive why all of Pakistan has misplaced energy.
“Pakistanis are already scared and now we’re with out electrical energy. We’re shocked.”
One other resident, Shakil Ahmed, mentioned: “I left my house, considering solely our home had no electrical energy however then I noticed darkness in every single place. I used to be shocked.
“Companies are closed, different actions are shut down.”
The blackout is likely one of the worst that Pakistan has skilled.
In 2015, round 80% of the nation was left with out energy after a key transmission line broke down.