Major power outage hits cities in the state

KUCHING: A citywide blackout hit Kuching and other parts of Sarawak at approximately 6.30pm today, causing traffic congestion and disrupting routine.

As night began to fall, many eateries in town were observed relying on candlelight as diners sat down to have their dinner.

Roads were also jammed with motorists due to non-functioning traffic lights.

Mobile phone lines were also affected by the blackout, with networks experiencing slowdown during the period.

Power was gradually restored to the city grid about an hour after the outage occurred.

The blackout stretched all the way to Sarikei, Sri Aman, Sibu and Kapit.

No power disruption was reported in Miri and Bintulu.

Early unconfirmed reports state that a substation in Oya-Selangau had tripped, causing the blackout.

The last major blackout to hit several areas in Sarawak occurred on Nov 5 last year, where an Oya-Selangau station had tripped; affecting power distribution from Bakun to Sibu, Sarikei, Sri Aman and Kuching.

More to come.