KARACHI (Web Desk) – After two major power breakdowns in a week, a third consecutive blackout hit Karachi on Sunday’s wee hours inflicting darkness on several areas of the metropolis, crippling life during Sehri, Samaa TV reported on Sunday.

According to K-Electric, the power supply system collapsed due to tripping of 220 KV transmission line in Bin Qasim Thermal Power Plant, affecting 10 of 64 grid stations.

It claimed that 99% humidity in the air caused the tripping, adding that teams were working on the fault to restore the power supply.

As a result of the power failure, the electricity supply was disconnect to city’s Industrial Zone, Port Qasim, Pakistan Steel Mills, Landhi, Korangi, Karachi airport, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Bhains Colony, Quaidabad, Malir, Liaquatabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Nazimabad, Federal B.Area, Buffer Zone, Shadman, PECHS and some areas of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Protest demonstrations by citizens were also reported in many areas.

Karachiites are facing acute water shortage as the prolonged power breakdown suspended power supply to pumping stations.

According to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) spokesman, the power breakdown has affected 206 million gallon water supply to city from Dhabeji and Pepri pumping stations.