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Colombo, Dec. 9 (Daily Mirror) - The islandwide power blackout is due to multiple lightning strikes on several transformers and power stations, a Power and Energy Ministry official said.

Meanwhile, the Power and Energy Ministry  said the islandwide power blackout is also due to a breakdown in the transmission line from Kotmale to Biyagama.

They said the power restoration process is expected to be completed within two hours.

In addition a Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) confirmed the blackout is due to multiple lightning strikes on several transformers and hydropower stations.

The widespread power failure occurred at around 5 p.m. today.


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  • Kays N Saturday, 09 December 2023 06:44 PM

    Hasn't the CEB invested in lightning conductors? Or is this a lightning strike of the type favored by CEB TU's?

    Iwazaru Saturday, 09 December 2023 06:47 PM

    Yes, the is the first lighting Sri Lanka has experienced. Tell this to the 225 at Diyawannawa and not to use.

    Chris Saturday, 09 December 2023 06:53 PM

    Another big story to fool the people.

    Sam Saturday, 09 December 2023 06:57 PM

    Lighting comes as excuse for Ranil and Kachana

    kushan Saturday, 09 December 2023 07:04 PM

    or restructuring strike? hehehe

    John Burns Saturday, 09 December 2023 07:16 PM

    “Expected to be fixed in an hour” y u lie Mr power and energy ministry official…

    Ranjan Saturday, 09 December 2023 07:38 PM

    It's already more than a hour :(

    Tell the marines Saturday, 09 December 2023 07:49 PM

    Lightning strike by ???

    Jayantha Saturday, 09 December 2023 08:19 PM

    Lol. Failure of the joker RW

    Spartacus Saturday, 09 December 2023 08:56 PM

    Utter bullshit. Each and every main generation point and sub stations have lightning and surge protection installed. Impossible for multiple locations to fail at the same time, maybe one location but not whole country. Did the same lightning that hit Matara power station also hit Jaffna power station at the same second. This is called professional bullshit. This is sheer negligence, it also shows free education in manufacturing incompetent engineers needs to stop.

    Sam Silva Saturday, 09 December 2023 09:25 PM

    We are so fortunate live in our wonderful country !!

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Be Fair Saturday, 09 December 2023 10:54 PM

    Sad. CEB employees should be ashamed for this sabotaged. We, regretfully will never ever progress

    Keran Saturday, 09 December 2023 11:04 PM

    Multiple lightning is an excuse. It's shame for the uneducated state minster Indika to come and say this. He can go and tell this to the parliament. All the substations have lightning protection system. Multiple lightning is common in SriLanka. Ranil may arrange a committee to study this.

    Ranil Saturday, 09 December 2023 11:41 PM

    Yes we know. Lightening does not affect power supply in other countries. Not even in war torn Ukraine.

    lali Sunday, 10 December 2023 12:19 AM

    Surprised.... Silly lanka.. Oh srilanka... Where are your engineers... Gone.. To middle East... Leaving useless behind

    Joshua Sunday, 10 December 2023 12:23 AM

    Seems that SL has experoenced lightning first time in history. Tell these stories to the 225 fools and the government servants who believe in your nonsense

    Ravana Sunday, 10 December 2023 03:31 AM

    It's a shame that 6.9 million morons will believe this story and defend it's authenticity.

    Nimal Sunday, 10 December 2023 05:28 AM

    Were these natural lightning strikes or lightning strikes by employees? Probability of several lightning strikes occurring in many places within a few moments of each other and targeting only the CEB is very remote. Whatever they were, this does no augur well and we are in for very difficult times.

    Wijethunga Sunday, 10 December 2023 05:32 AM

    Do a forensic investigation, fingerprints to catch thieves. Report nerver comes.

    Elwyn Sunday, 10 December 2023 06:55 AM

    What a load of crap! simultaneous lightning strike only on the power grid of the entire country. Ministry officials must think that all the people are as gullible as Pohottuwa supporters

    Sambo Sunday, 10 December 2023 07:31 AM

    Didn't it strike the ministers house.

    Damith Sunday, 10 December 2023 11:01 AM

    Unbelievable! Spending billions of money to maintain a huge system and a large workforce including engineers with high salaries and benefits, this inefficient and ineffective organisation cannot deal with lightening, which is a basic day to day occurrence. It's the corrupt, vision-less and unskilled leadership and technical engineers who are at fault not the institution called CEB, which is a national asset. The corrupt politicians want to defame CEB and cause anger about CEB and make background to go for a corrupt deal to sell it. Corruption and bad governance are behind the scene.

    Bunch of idiots Sunday, 10 December 2023 11:15 AM

    Next it will be Santa distroyiing power lines on his annual Christmas trip.

    Flat earth politicians Sunday, 10 December 2023 11:16 AM

    Try something more believable next time like soar flares.


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