October 24, 2021

Afghan Provinces Hit By Blackout After Power Pylon Destroyed – Official

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Afghanistan’s Kabul province, where the country’s national capital city Kabul was located, and several other provinces were hit by blackout after a power pylon was destroyed by an explosion on Monday night.

This was confirmed on Tuesday by Zenab Mohsini from a regional office of Breshna Sherkat, the national power company.

The incident took place at about 9:55 p.m. on Monday in Salang district, Parwan province of north Kabul as reported by the company to reporters via a text message.

He added that a technical team had been sent to the area to repair the power pylon and resume power transmission to Kabul and other provinces.

In western Herat province, unknown men destroyed an electricity tower in Kohsan district early Tuesday, cutting power imported from Iran to provincial capital Herat city, the largest city in the west of the country.

The militancy-plagued Afghanistan has been facing a power shortage as the country has limited hours of power during day and night times.

To overcome power scarcity, the government has imported power from neighbouring Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan, but the imported energy was still too little to meet the domestic need.

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Two dozens of power pylons have been destroyed or damaged by explosions along the power grid in recent months.

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