3 Days after Amphan

Over five lakh households still without power

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:33, May 23,2020


More than half a million people were still without power in the cyclone affected districts in Khulna, Barishal and Rangpur divisions until Friday, over 24 hours after cyclone Amphan weakened into a deep depression after entering Bangladesh.

Rural Electrification Board member Anjan Kanti Das said that 4 lakh people in Kushtia, Satkhira, Jashore, Jhenidah, Pirojpur and Bagerhat districts were still without power.

‘We hope to restore power supply to most of our remaining customers by Saturday,’ said Anjan.

He however was uncertain how long it might take to resume power supply to 1.5 lakh people in Kushtia because of a part of the transmission grid was taken down there by the storm.

‘We are working on it,’ he said.

The REB estimated that they suffered minimum Tk 30 crore losses because of the cyclone.

The cyclone that caused roaring wind for 15 hours after entering Bangladesh broke 2,685 electricity pylons, caused 3,000 others to lean dangerously to one side, damaged 917 distribution transformers and more than 21,000 household meters, REB said.

The electricity cables were severed at 42,000 spots across 41 districts, said REB.

West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited chief engineer Abu Hasan said that they suffered Tk 10 crore loss because of the cyclone.

‘We have already restored power supply to 95 per cent of our coverage area,’ said Hasan.

WZPDCO distributes power to 12.39 lakh customers in 21 western districts.

He said that some of their supply network was badly hit in areas like Jhenidah and Chuadanga where many electricity pylons each weighing minimum 4 tonnes lay buried in mud.

‘We are using cranes to lift them up and hoping to fix everything by Saturday,’ said Hasan.

Northern Electricity Supply Company chief engineer Abdur Rashid said that that about 75,000 of their 7.5 lakh power consumers were still without power, mainly in Rajshahi zone.

He said that it became difficult to work in some of the worst-hit areas because of debris left behind by the cyclone.

NESCO distributes power in Rangpur and Rajshahi zones. In Rajshahi, its losses were estimated to be more than Tk 1.60 crore.

About 2 crore of 3.65 crore power consumers in the country suffered power disruption immediately after cyclone Amphan hit Wednesday afternoon.

Power restoration began after the cyclone turned into a depression Thursday morning.

By Friday noon the cyclone degenerated into a remnant low over Rajshahi-Dinajpur region.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department already withdrawn its cyclone alerts from four maritime ports and 14 coastal districts.

BMD said that the low would weaken further.

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