The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the army to be deployed to protect all installations and electricity sub stations connected to the National Power Grid amid speculation of sabotage contributing to a nationwide power failure.
It’s the third power failure at this scale in the last six months with the Ceylon Electricity Board reporting massive damage caused to an electricity transformer on the outskirts of the capital, Colombo.
The government referred to Sunday’s power failure as “strange” and investigations are continuing to establish if a genuine sabotage caused the incident.
The electricity failure also resulted in water cuts in several parts of Sri Lanka and traffic congestions due to traffic signals not being able to operate.
Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board, Anura Wijepala, resigned on Sunday taking full responsibility of the three nationwide power failures, which was reported since the new government was sworn into power following a parliamentary election in August.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had called for an immediate probe into the power failures and had appointed two special committees to submit their reports into what was the worst power blackout to affect the country in 20 years.
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