Power outage in Bangladesh: power outage leaves more than 130 million people without power

At least 130 million people in Bangladesh were without power on Tuesday afternoon after a grid outage caused widespread blackouts, the government energy company said.

More than 80 percent of the country was affected by the sudden power outage shortly after 2 p.m. local time (0800 GMT), according to the Power Development Board.

Apart from some locations in northwestern Bangladesh, “the rest of the country is without power,” agency spokesman Shamim Ahsan told AFP.

Ahsan said 130 million people or more were without electricity and it remained unclear what caused the outage.

“It is still under investigation,” he said, adding that a technical malfunction was the likely reason.

Junior technology minister Zunaid Palak said on Facebook that power would be restored by 8 p.m. in the capital Dhaka, which is home to more than 22 million people.

Bangladesh has suffered a major energy crisis in recent months as a result of higher global energy prices following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Public anger has grown over extended power outages in the South Asian country, which is struggling to afford enough imported diesel and gas to meet electricity demand.

Bangladesh last witnessed a major unplanned blackout in November 2014, when about 70 percent of the country was without power for nearly 10 hours.

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