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Several areas of Karachi report power outages for up to 7 hours

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A general view of a residential area seen during a power breakdown in Karachi, Pakistan, January 10, 2021. — Reuters/Akhtar Soomro/Files

  • Power outages reported a day earlier in several areas
  • "No unannounced or unannounced load shedding in Karachi," a K-Electric spokesperson says

KARACHI: Power outages were reported in several areas of Karachi on Wednesday.

According to Geo News, close to a dozen neighbourhoods faced power outages for up to seven hours.

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The areas most impacted included Malir, Gharibabad, Moinabad, Jaffar-e-Tayyar Society, Mehran Goth, Kathore, and Liaquat Market, where residents complained of loadshedding for seven-and-a-half hours.

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Moreover, Korangi, Landhi, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Liaquatabad, F.C. Area, Orangi Town, Baldia Town, Banaras Town, Keamari, Gadap, Saeedabad, Manzoor Colony, and Old City Area had no power for three to six hours.

Sources at K-Electric said that while the demand for electricity in Karachi is 1,700 megawatts (MW), the city receives 800MW and 400MW power from the national grid and all other sources, respectively.

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This leaves a shortfall of 500MW of electricity.

'No unannounced load shedding'

"There is no unannounced or announced load shedding in Karachi," a spokesperson for the K-Electric said.

"When there is a power outage, it is because maintenance work is being carried out," said the spokesperson, adding: "For any repair work we do, we send a text message to the area residents in advance."