Power restored to most of Indonesia capital after 9-hour blackout

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Power has been restored in most parts of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, after the city of 10 million people went without electricity for more than nine hours due to technical issues, according to the state power company.

Sunday’s outage, which also hit neighbouring provinces, spread across an area populated by more than 100 million people and appeared to have affected most of the capital, prompting the use of generators in some offices, malls and apartments.

The blackout began just before noon local time (0500 GMT). The state-owned electricity company, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), said it had been able to switch 17 electrical substations around Jakarta back on by 9pm, but two others were still in the process of being restarted and four remained off.

“The recovery process is still ongoing and indeed it cannot be turned back on at once immediately, but rather gradually we try to normalise with maximum efforts,” Sripeni Inten Cahyani, acting chief executive of PLN, said in a statement.

While the megacity has been hit by blackouts before, Sunday’s shutdown was unusually long.

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