Power supply takes hit from floods - 300,000 in the dark

Power supply takes hit from floods - 300,000 in the dark

May 29, 2017   12:34 am

Over 250,000 have been deprived of electricity due to power failures and disconnections caused by the torrential rains, Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says.

136,000 people have been deprived of electricity owing to the submerging of the Matara sub transmission grid alone.

About 50,000 of them have been supplied with power from Tangalle instead.

The Ministry’s Development Director, Sulakshana Jayawardana stated that the power distribution network had suffered significant damage from the heavy rain, and added that the rain also posed as an obstacle in the repairing of said damages.

The Minister of Power and Renewable Energy requested the public to refrain from traveling near the submerged sub transmission grids in boats.

Meanwhile, the Ministry also announced that the minor damages caused by the heavy rain to domestic electrical networks would be repaired free-of-charge.

Contact the following authorities in case of power outage:

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) – 1987

Lanka Electricity Company (Private) Limited – 1910

Ministry of Power and Energy - 1901

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