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By Jamila Najmuddin

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says that it has been forced to disrupt power in certain areas as a result of flood waters seeping into some sub stations.

Power has already been cut in Colombo 13, 14 and 15, CEB Chairman Vidya Amarapala said at a press briefing a short while ago while a CEB Spokesperson told Daily Mirror online that power might also be interrupted in the Kelaniya area if it continues to rain throughout the next few hours.

The CEB Chairman said that water together with mud had flown into one sub station at Bloemendhal Road affecting some of the equipment resulting in power being interrupted in Colombo 13, 14 and 15. 

He added that the authorities are now in the process of cleaning the equipment and hope to restore power atleast by late tonight.

The CEB Chairman also said that there was no immediate threat of a power cut in Kiribathgoda as rain water from it's substation had subsided but warned that if the water level rises due to a heavy downpour then power would be disrupted.

Meanwhile the CEB also urged the consumers to bear with the power cuts as there were many breakdowns as a result of the downpour and a very limited staff.

The CEB added that if the rains do not continue, then power throughout the island would be restored in a day or two. (Daily Mirror online)




 
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  • Monday, 17 May 2010 12:46 PM

    No rain no power! More rain no power! Do we have any plan to balance this?

    Monday, 17 May 2010 01:23 PM

    Absolute crap..

    Monday, 17 May 2010 01:42 PM

    Behold the Wonder of Asia!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 02:18 PM

    we experience rain every year, every day, they can not think of how to control one hour, one day rain water. How pathatic??

    Monday, 17 May 2010 02:18 PM

    our AL exam practicals were also postponed due to the powercut today!!!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 02:28 PM

    First.. they should understand what's meant by contingency... LOL..

    Tuesday, 18 May 2010 04:53 AM

    CEB Are you reading?

    Monday, 17 May 2010 03:22 PM

    don't blame the CEB for this did you know we had marshes surrounding Colombo in wellampitiya ,basline road, kolannawa, rajagiriya to collect the water from the rain.this is the result of past government ministers filling lands and the biggest culprit being the UDA for implementing it.oh certainly we are a mirical of Asia.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 03:30 PM

    What about surveillance cameras and building toilets in Sigirya?!!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 03:31 PM

    to have one-to-one backup at High Voltage side is very coslty I suppose . It will definitely increase the cost of Electricity . problem is whether we as consumers are prepared to pay such a price for "once in ten years" incidents like this !

    Monday, 17 May 2010 09:47 AM

    Just because one sub station is underwater how could they keep 500,000 people in darkness. The CEB should have proper back up plans to counter such situations.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 09:55 AM

    no question about having a backup plane in place but you mustn't forget that this rain is unprecedented.
    i think it's better to shut down the station in concern than allowing the high voltage lines to get soaked up in water while they are alive.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:00 AM

    CEB should have contingency plans to counter such situations. The unfortunate thing is if there are no rains or more rains it does not make a difference to the consumer as the consumer is not benefited in anyway.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:02 AM

    Are you mad Shevon? We don't have backup plans for such important things. Because we don't have time to think of such things. We have to concentrate on how to send a retired general to prison, how to find fault with other people's ministries and how to fill our pocket somehow. CEB have backup plans for strikes,

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:03 AM

    Sri Lankan goverment must act for future very fast , learning from this type of incidents....to avoid President must appoint the right mistry to the right minister.......

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:15 AM

    Good one mate. Spot on!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:21 AM

    This is not the first time it has rained this much.

    Sri Lankans always look for excuses not to work, while the Japanese and even the Chinese look for excuses TO WORK.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:25 AM

    No rains, then power cuts, and now with rains also same power cuts? Ooh boy...

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:25 AM

    Isthi,

    Are you expecting minister Ranawaka to shift the substation to some other place today?

    Blame should be gone to those who built these sub stations in wrong places.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:29 AM

    Everybody is being emotional. Ad hoc power plans were the legacy by J.R. jayawardene regime. Now everybody suffers as a result. That is why we have to think about renewable energy.
    It is crazy to blame President, Ranil or minister for this

    Blame JR

    Wasula.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:34 AM

    Well Nishew, CEB may not have immediate back up plans to replace sub stations but the minister will definitely have back up plans if the JVP unions play hell this time. Knowing Champika he will get the Army to run stations. One should not let the JVP to hold the country for ransom. CEB unions including those of engineers are notorious for sabotage
    Anuruddha

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:35 AM

    or a new commission to advice! ;)

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:37 AM

    Right minister but wrong country. Ranawaka salvaged the loss making Environment Ministry by converting it to a profitable one.
    He is somebody who can put CEB in order but the system is so archaic and there's so much of corruption within the top levels he has to really fight it out this time

    Lucky

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:41 AM

    There's nothing wrong with the minister. It is the whole set up and the past mistakes that have made a mess.

    We hope the minister will have a solution for Kelaniya and other areas but the time the next monsoon hits. Its going to be tough but as the saying goes when the going gets tough the tough gets going.

    Vidura Wickramasinghe

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:54 AM

    I am not blamming anyone......... but it should planned very wel so people from Sri Lanka live safely..

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:54 AM

    Mr.Ranavaka show your smart in this time not only just talk in stage..

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:56 AM

    I agree with nishew its true

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:59 AM

    This government ruled the country for 16 years after JR/Premadasa. They should have rectified this long time ago.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:04 AM

    No wonder. Sri Lanka is asias wonder.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:07 AM

    Probably the new Minister must be planning to import new Portable Generators.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:10 AM

    I think these are things that need to be attended to without this mad rush to get cctv in Colombo at a cost of 300 million.Everything that requires millions and millions of rupees is a priority with this government .

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:20 AM

    These unforseen events. Global wheather has been changed drastically over the past few years. No point in blaming anybody now. CEB or Ministry should look in to upgrade the drainage system around these power stations to avoid same happening again as I presume re-locating these power stations will be costly.

    Tuesday, 18 May 2010 02:04 AM

    Rain rain go away,
    Come again budget day.

    Tuesday, 18 May 2010 07:24 AM

    Now that victory day has been cancelled, hope the funds set aside for the celebrations is utilised to feed & clothe the flood victims.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:38 AM

    The victory day celebrations have begun.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:45 AM

    No prob. I have generator. hoooooooooooooooo.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:48 AM

    this is all sanath jaysuriya's fault , he shud be sacked from the cricket team!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:54 AM

    I bet CEB's backup plans only extends to keeping their revenue from diminishing to be expected with blackouts. As usual they'd be sending out bills for estimated electricity usage instead of actual readings without any regard to the suffering people have had endured.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 12:15 PM

    tell Mervin, he will stop the rain gods

    Monday, 17 May 2010 12:17 PM

    Why the CEB didn't build their sub stations at least 5 feet high?
    All the top officials know water is a big enemy for the sub stations while a good friend for power generating in the hill country.
    Didn't we saw a lot of generators in big stores?'
    This is to make sale of the imported generators by those Big people who imported them.
    Cash man cash on the poor man's grievance.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 12:25 PM

    I live in Colombo-15 and still have power!


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