Massive power outage hits Visayas

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A LARGE part of the Visayas was plunged into darkness at close to midnight Friday, August 20, 2021.

System operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said an unscheduled power interruption is affecting parts of Cebu, Leyte-Samar and Bohol.

The lights went out at 11:56 p.m. Friday.

As of 1 a.m. Saturday, August 21, NGCP Visayas spokesperson Betty Martinez said they were “still awaiting whole picture from our system operations.”

“They are still busy restoring lines and sub grids. Will send a more detailed advisory once all data are available,” she said.

Power companies and cooperatives said on their respective social media accounts that they are coordinating with NGCP as of this posting.

Areas affected include Cebu, Samar, Leyte and Bohol.

The Samar II Electric Cooperative Inc. (Samelco II) said an NGCP 138KV line trouble caused the blackout.

No word yet from NGCP as to when the power will be restored, but Engr. Jose Rey Maleza of the Department of Energy-Visayas said that some affected transmission lines in Cebu is now slowly going back.

“Restoration in other areas soon to follow,” he said.

He advised the public to unplug the appliances to prevent power surge.

“It’s advisable to prevent power surge especially on high wattage appliances like ref and freezer,” Maleza said. (MVI/LMY/SunStar Philippines)

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