Cyclone Amphan: 20 million power connections cut

Around 20 million electricity connections, out of total 36.4 million across the country, were cut by cyclone Amphan as it hit the country’s south-western region on Wednesday night, reports news agency UNB.

The power utility bodies have been able to restore 50 per cent of the connections until 2:00pm while work continues on remaining 50 per cent, said Mohammad Hossain, director general of power cell.

He added that they are hopeful of restoring about 80 per cent of power supply in the cyclone affected areas within today (Thursday).

Advertisement

Mainly the uprooted trees fell on the electricity transmission and distribution lines that led to the colossal disruption in power supply in the cyclone-hit areas, he told the news agency.

Power supply network in Bagerhat, Satkhira, Barguna, and Kushtia were affected badly when a grid transformer in Kushtia was severely damaged by the cyclone

Official sources said the power division has asked all the power distribution bodies to send the statistics and information on how power supply has been affected by the storm in their areas.

Power supply network in Bagerhat, Satkhira, Barguna, and Kushtia were affected badly when a grid transformer in Kushtia was severely damaged by the cyclone, they said.

Advertisement

As per the initial information, the electricity supply network under the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (REB) were mostly affected by the cyclone and about 15 million of its consumers fell into blackout.

REB, which works to extend electricity to many off-grid areas of the country, leading to a preponderance of individual connections.

Mohammad Hossain said the demand for electricity supply came down about 2,600 MW in 5:00am on Thursday following the landfall of the cyclone in the country while normally the demand remains over 6,000 MW at that time

It has vast network in most of the districts in south and south-western areas where consumers suffered power disruption, said the officials.

The power supply network of West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC), which also has a distribution network in the south and western areas of the country, was also heavily affected.

Advertisement

Mohammad Hossain said the demand for electricity supply came down about 2,600 MW in 5:00am on Thursday following the landfall of the cyclone in the country while normally the demand remains over 6,000 MW at that time.

He also noted that after restoring 50 per cent disconnected power supply lines, the demand curve has now taken an upward turn and has reached 4,600 MW at 2:00pm on today.

Before the cyclone, the electricity demand was recorded 7,049 MW at 2:00pm on Tuesday.