Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Power Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has appointed a high-level committee to investigate a nationwide power outage which plunged the country into darkness for over seven hours on August 17, disrupting daily life and bringing businesses to a standstill.
In a statement, Alahapperumal expressed regret over the inconvenience caused, adding that he had appointed the committee to probe the massive failure and submit its findings within a week, reports Xinhua news agency.
“I have ordered a comprehensive report within a week. We will keep the public informed of all details with regard to the power failure…,” he added.
A sudden power cut plunged the island into crisis as technicians said the failure was due to a technical issue in the Kerawalapitiya Sub Power Station, located on the outskirts of Colombo.
Power was restored after an estimated seven to eight hours.
The incident was the worst to be reported in recent years after a nationwide power failure hit the island in 2016.