Afghan provinces hit by blackout after power pylon destroyed: official

2021-06-08 06:35:29 GMT2021-06-08 14:35:29(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

KABUL, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan's Kabul province, where the country's national capital city Kabul is located, and several other provinces were hit by blackout as a power pylon was destroyed by an explosion on Monday night, Breshna Sherkat, the national power company, confirmed on Tuesday.

The incident took place at 9:55 p.m. local time Monday in Salang district, Parwan province, north of Kabul, the company told reporters via a text message, adding a technical team has 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, Zenab Mohsini from a regional office of Breshna Sherkat confirmed.

The militancy-plagued Afghanistan has been facing 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 neighboring Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, but the imported energy is still too little to meet domestic need.

No group has claimed responsibly for the incident. Two dozens of power pylons has been destroyed or damaged by explosions along the power grid in recent months. Enditem