The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 25, 2013
 

Pakistan hit by nationwide blackout

 
 

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan was hit by a nationwide blackout for more than two hours after the breakdown of a major plant caused power stations to stop working across the country, officials said on Monday.

While power cuts are common in Pakistan due to chronic underinvestment in infrastructure, outages across the whole country are rare.

Late Sunday's blackout occurred when the HUBCO plant in south-western Baluchistan province, which generates 1,200 megawatts a day of electricity, developed a technical fault, said official Rai Sikandar.

That breakdown prompted a "cascading effect" which caused plants nationwide to shut down, said the water and power ministry official.