Thursday, November 16, 2006

Power Failure Hits Sri Lanka

The entire country experienced a total blackout late this evening of 15th of November after a lightning strike tripped a main power line, an official said.

Ceylon Electricity Board General Manager Ranjit Palleperuma said, “A big power line has tripped, we think because of lightning, and it is not an infrastructure problem.” Due to the blackout, the country plunged into darkness for nearly an hour, forcing almost all shops and hotels to use diesel generators where available.

For the last two months, inter-monsoon weather conditions have brought widespread rain and thundershowers with lightning strikes in almost all parts of the country.

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