Bangladesh sees biggest power outage in 8 years, second in 5 years

Bangladesh witnessed power outage for around 12 hours on November 1, 2014

Tuesday’s blackout in all divisions, except some parts of Rangpur, is the biggest power outage in Bangladesh since 2014.

The whole country witnessed a blackout for around 12 hours starting at around 11:30am on November 1, 2014.

On Tuesday, all power plants tripped one after another and electricity supply went off in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Barisal and Mymensingh divisions at 2:05pm.

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The authorities started restoring the connections in the evening, with millions of people looking for candles and kerosene at shops, and fuel from filling stations to run generators in Dhaka and elsewhere.

In the afternoon, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid ordered a probe to find the reasons behind the failure.

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According to officials at the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), the transmission line tripped somewhere in the eastern part of the country, especially districts on the east of the Jamuna River.

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The last incident of grid failure happened in 32 districts on May 2, 2017. 

Following this, the power transmission system was upgraded in a way that the whole country would not see a blackout anymore.