Power blackout due to electricity from India break down

A nationwide power blackout hit Bangladesh on Saturday when a transmission line supplying electricity from India broke down.

PowerThe interconnection line used for transmission of 450 MW at Bheramara in Kushtia district tripped at 11:30 am, a source at the Power Development Board (PDB) said.

The sudden vacuum caused disruption of power generation at all power plants across the country, the Daily Star reported.

Some power plants resumed generation at around 1:00 pm.

State Power Minister Nasrul Hamid Bipu said power generation is expected to return to near normal by evening.

Power supply has resumed on an emergency basis at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and major hospitals.

Airport operations continued on generators since noon, said Rezaul Karim, Public Relations Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.

Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, the country’s largest public hospital, also used a standby generator.