LARKANA: Last night’s heavy thunderstorm followed by rain brought prolonged power failure in most of the areas of Larkana as since 9pm on Monday, it remained off and till 4pm it was partly restored on Tuesday by the SEPCO line staff as most of HT and LT lines fell down in Mehar, Qambar and Qubo Saeed Khan.
Trees also fell on the electric cables in the city due to which it took much time to restore electricity. Worst affected areas here remained Lahori muhalla, 1400-bed capacity Chandka Medical College Hospital, Rasoolabad, Murad Wahan locality and others due to which people passed sleepless night and they suffered very badly during the hot day today.
Even worst were the 1400 indoor patients and over 2000 outdoor patients as all the operations were postponed due to non-availability of power and all pathological and radiological diagnostic tests remained shut and doctors felt extreme difficulties to examine the poor ailing people who had come from far flung and remote areas of more than 12 districts of upper Sindh to get specialized medical treatment, duty doctors told reporters.
CMC Hospital meager POL budget does not allow the administration to run five heavy duty diesel generators. Newly posted SEPCO’s Larkana circle Superintending Engineer, Zaheer Shaikh told PPI that some HT & LT cables had fallen down in many areas due to which power supply has been badly affected, adding that work on these lines was going on since then and he hoped it will be restored by Tuesday evening but it also proved fruitless as most of the areas remained without power till filing of this report.