Bangladesh powers up after major blackout

Electricity has been restored in Bangladesh after the nation was hit by a major power cut on Saturday. Tens of millions of people were without electricity for hours following a […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Electricity has been restored in Bangladesh after the nation was hit by a major power cut on Saturday.

Tens of millions of people were without electricity for hours following a failure on a transmission line that imports power from neighbouring India, authorities said.

The blackout started at around noon local time on Saturday and affected all parts of the country linked to the grid.

Reports claim State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the country’s energy grid is now fully restored and any further problems that may arise would be for “local reasons”.

The blackout over the weekend is said to be Bangladesh’s most severe since a 2007 cyclone knocked out the national grid for several hours.

A team has reportedly been set up to investigate exactly what caused the massive outage.

More than a third of the 166 million people in Bangladesh still have no access to electricity.

Last week National Grid’s latest report revealed power margins in the UK are particularly tight this winter.