About 80 percent of the total population was affected due to a partial fault in the power grid station. Bangladesh has been facing a major power crisis in recent months due to rising global energy prices.
As a result of a partial fault in the grid station, about 130 million people out of Bangladesh’s total population of 168 million lost electricity.
Bangladesh’s power grid came to a standstill at around 2 pm local time on Tuesday. More than 80 per cent of the country was plunged into darkness due to massive load-shedding following the grid failure.
Shamim Hasan, an official with the Bangladesh Power Development Board, told Reuters that between 75 and 80 percent of Bangladesh lost power.
He said that the power generating plants are currently generating about 4500 MW of electricity, while the demand for electricity across the country is 14,200 MW. He further said that according to official data, the peak power demand in the country on Tuesday was three percent higher than the estimate.
Shamim Hasan further said that except a few places in the north-west of Bangladesh, the rest of the country is without electricity. The Bangladesh Power Development Board said the reason for the load shedding was unclear. He said that it is being investigated now but it may have happened due to technical fault.
Bangladesh facing blackout
There is continuous load shedding in many areas of Bangladesh this year. Bangladesh has been battling a major power crisis in recent months due to the rise in global energy prices since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Natural gas accounts for nearly three-quarters of the country’s electricity generation, and Dhaka is regularly taking several measures to conserve electricity.
In recent months, load-shedding of electricity for several hours per day was introduced. The government had decided to close schools for two days a week and reduce office hours by one hour to save electricity.
In July, power load shedding continued for 13 hours. At least three demonstrators were gunned down by security forces in protest against load shedding and rising prices of daily necessities.
Bangladesh last experienced a major unscheduled power cut in 2014, when nearly 70 percent of the country was without electricity for nearly 10 hours.