Eight out of ten of the country’s provinces were last night plunged into total darkness following a system disturbance at Kariba North Bank power station.Kapata
Only Southern and Western provinces remained with electricity as they are supplied by Victoria Fall power station.
ZESCO Spokesperson Henry Kapata says electricity supply has been restored to Copperbelt, north western and central provinces.
Mr. Kapata adds that investigations are continuing to ascertain what caused the system disturbance.
Almost the entire Zambia was in darkness after a fault at Kariba dam caused the tripping of Kariba South-Kariba North tie line.
Energy Minister Dora Siliya confirmed that the outage which started around 23 Hours on Thursday has affected all provinces except for western and southern provinces which are supplied through the Victoria Falls power station.
‘We lost power supply to entire country except for Western and Southern provinces after the tripping of Kariba South-Kariba North tie line which was carrying our imports of about 560 MW. This triggered the trippings of generators at kariba north and later Kafue gorge on overload. Restoration is in progress and Lusaka should be back on supply in next 30 minutes,’ Ms Siliya said.