Aftermath of Amphan

9m people suffer from power cut

Special Correspondent

22 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Around nine million people in south-western and north-western regions of the country are experiencing power outage as the cyclone Amphan damaged power infrastructures seriously.

“Around 1.24 million subscribers in 21 districts have been affected due to cyclone Amphan,” West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd Managing Director Shafiqur Rahman told daily sun Thursday.

Of them, the West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd will restore electricity supply in 19 districts, he said.

“Over 0.5 million subscribers in Jhenidah and Kustia districts are worse affected. We are working to restore the electricity supply in the districts by Friday,” he said.

 The company has incurred loss amounting to Tk98.8 million due to damages, he added.

Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) is trying to resume the electricity supply by early Friday, he said.  Of them, the REB has resumed the supply of power in some areas, he said.

He added the cyclone uprooted trees and damaged the electricity distribution lines in Barishal, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Barguna, Khulna, Mongla, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Narail, Jashore, Jhenidah, Chuadanga, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Pabna and Bogura districts.              

Power supply has been affected in 24 districts under REB areas, the official said.

The REB is expected to restore the supply in most of the affected areas by early Friday, he said.

Over eight million people of REB are now experiencing power cut, he said.

However, the total damage of REB has not yet been estimated.

State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid on Thursday asked the power distribution companies to restore the power supply within 24 hours.

“The companies involved in power distribution, transmission and generation can work concertedly to restore power supply,” the minister said online .

Power Secretary Dr Sultan Ahmed and managing directors of all the distribution, generation and transmission companies attended at the meeting.