Zambia’s power utility said on Tuesday that a failure on its system caused a major power blackout that affected the southern African nation on Monday night.

Zambia faced a power blackout around 07:30 p.m, affecting eight of the country’s 10 provinces. Power was only restored to some provinces after midnight. Only western and southern Zambia were spared.
Sensitive areas such as the mines and hospitals were not spared.
Zesco Limited spokesperson Henry Kapata said the company suspects that the problem could have been triggered by a power overload on the Copperbelt Province, a move that resulted in all generators at Kafue and Kariba North Bank Power Stations, which produce the bulk of the country’s electricity to shut down.
“This has nothing to do with load shedding. It is a system failure and there is nothing we could have done. Some transformers have since been damaged in some parts of the country,” he told Xinhua in a telephone interview. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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