Monday, 28 November, 2022

30 lakh consumers still in dark

  • Special Correspondent
  • 26 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Around 30 lakh electricity consumers are still in the dark as cyclone Sitrang has battered different parts of the country, disrupting the power supply.

Distribution companies said around one crore consumers were affected by the cyclone.

Patuakhali, Bhola, Firojpur, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Shariatpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Jamalpur and Manikganj are the worst affected.

“Our 40 Palli Biddut Samitis (PBS) totaling 93 lakh consumers have been affected severely due to the cyclone,” Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) Chairman Mohammad Salim Uddin told the Daily Sun on Tuesday.

He said electricity supply at 75 percent areas was supposed to be restored by Tuesday night and the rest of the areas by today.

He said 384 transformers, 671 feeders, 73 lakh metres have been damaged due to the cyclone.

Besides, 9.36 lakh insulators also cracked down, according to him.

“We have restored 80 percent 33KV lines and are hopeful of completing full restoration on Wednesday,” he added.

The BREB has incurred loss around Tk 80 million as per the primary estimate, the chairman said.

He informed 2800 teams of BREB are working at the cyclone hit areas round o’clock.

Besides, west zone power distribution company officials said two upazila including Bhanga and Sadarpur have out of electricity so far.

They said the electricity supply of the distribution company will be restored within Tuesday night.    

State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid told the reporters around 2000 pools have been damaged at affected areas.

He said the officials of the distribution companies are working to restore 70 percent the electricity on Tuesday night and rest of today afternoon.   

Due to the cyclone, a total of 7342 sites of telecom companies out of order. The telecom operators have restored 1528 sites that pushed disruption of the telecom services at the affected areas.

Even subscribers of the mobile phone operators in Dhaka have faced services disruption on Monday midnight several hours due to over four hours.