Power Supply Restored In Tanzania After Nationwide Blackout

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Power supply has been restored in Tanzania after a massive nationwide blackout that affected several islands and most of the mainland on Monday.

The electricity outage struck shortly after 02:00 local time (23:00 GMT) on Monday, the privately owned newspaper Daily Citizen reported.

State-run power company Tanesco said the outage was caused by a technical fault in the water intake control equipment at the Kidatu hydroelectric power plant in the east of the country.

The fault resulted in large volumes of water entering the systems, causing them to “suddenly shut down to protect themselves”, and in turn impacting the national power grid, Tanesco added.

Energy Minister Doto Mashaka Biteko ordered power officials who were on Easter break to return to work immediately to restore power supplies.

On Monday evening, Tanesco said it had restored power to most parts of the country, although several Tanzanians continued to complain of outages on social media.