Govt blamed for three-day blackouts in Hakha
14 January 2015 – People in Hakha said that the government should arrange an alternative supply of electricity following recent power outages.
The blackouts hit the capital of Chin State for three consecutive days from 10 to 12 January, leaving residents in the dark.
They said that the electric department should have a backup power supply in the event of such occurrences.
A Hakha resident, who asks not to be named, said: “It was a nightmare. Our children found it difficult to study. And it was not actually safe to light candles for the children in the house.”
Many private businesses and organzations also said that they had been affected by the power failure and feared that it would happen again in the future.
Salai Thang, from a Hakha newspaper, told the Chinland Guardian: “We rely heavily on computer to organize our work. The electric department were not able to tell us when it would be fixed. So, we had to rent electric generators.”
Hakha has received its current electric power from the national grid through Kyaw power station via Gangaw since mid last year.
However, intermittent power outages often happen in the capital, causing problems to families using refrigerators, washing machines and other electrical appliances.
“In addition to this usual power cut, the electricity is sometimes too low that we can’t even cook rice. This is affecting us a lot and has to be fixed as soon as possible by the authority in charge,” said female Hakha resident, who wishes to remain anonymous. #