Pakistan’s electricity shortfall soars to 5,856MW

ISLAMABAD: The electricity shortfall in Pakistan has reached to staggering 5,856 megawatts (MW) amid scorching weather in the country.

According to media reports, the electricity demand has surged to 27,000 MW, while the current power supply stands at 21,144 MW. The considerable shortfall has resulted in frequent power outages in various parts of the country, lasting for approximately 6 to 8 hours. The duration of the outages was higher in the areas with high losses of power and electricity theft.

According to reports, the electricity generation from atomic power plants was currently at 3,035 MW, while government-owned thermal power plants were contributing 772 MW to the power supply.

The Lahore Electric Supply Company has stated that the extreme weather conditions in Lahore have led to a surge in electricity demand, resulting in a 100 MW shortfall. The officials further said that different areas of the city are facing four to five-hour load shedding.

Meanwhile, protests have erupted in several cities, including Karachi and Peshawar, due to the prolonged load shedding amid the blazing weather.

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