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Massive power breakdown hits Lahore, Karachi and other Pakistani cities

Efforts underway to restore electricty across the country

09:17 AM | 23 Jan, 2023
Massive power breakdown hits Lahore, Karachi and other Pakistani cities
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LAHORE – A power transmission fault led to a major electricity breakdown in major cities of Sindh and Punjab on early Monday.

Power minister Khurrum Dastagir linked the nationwide power breakdown with frequency variation in the southern part of the county, ruling out news of major crisis, saying the power would be back soon.

Reports in local media quoting the Ministry of Energy said that the system frequency of the National Grid decreased this morning, which resulted in a widespread breakdown in the power system.

Initial reports claimed a fault in transmission lines from Guddu power station that caused huge outage.

Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, and other major urban centers of the country were without electricity. Several other cities including Jamshoro, Muzaffargarh, Haveli Shah Bahaduur, Baloki, were also affected by the breakdown.

It was reported that In in the federal capital, the electricity supply to 117 grid stations was suspended. The IESCO said they are in contact with the regional control center.

There is no electricity across Lahore as consumers are facing a disruption in power supply.

Reports quoting officials claimed that it could take hours to restore the power supply across the country.

Amid the huge power breakout, social media users from different cities took to social media to report the electricity failure.

Meanwhile, repair work is underway to restore power to affected areas.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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