Bangladesh blackout caused by failed transmission line

The authorities in Bangladesh say power has been restored to most of the country after a nationwide blackout at the weekend.

Officials said engineers had managed to repair plants supplying about 70 per cent of electricity users by Sunday evening.

The blackout was the country's worst since a 2007 cyclone knocked out the national grid for several hours.
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The authorities blamed the incident on the failure of a power transmission line, which led to power plants and substations shutting down.

The high-voltage transmission line runs from Baharampur in West Bengal, India, to Bheramara in Kushtia district, in south-west Bangladesh.

Dhaka's hospitals and its international airport used emergency generators to continue running but many offices were forced to send employees home.

Bangladesh began importing electricity from India in October last year.

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