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Sri Lanka announces power-cut following power plant breakdown

Sri Lanka was forced to impose power cuts after the coal power plant broke down on Saturday.

By: IANS | Colombo |
October 17, 2016 3:03:45 pm

Sri Lanka on Monday announced nation-wide power cuts following a breakdown in the island’s only coal-fired power plant.

The Power and Energy Ministry said the power-cut will be imposed across the country, but not in capital Colombo, Xinhua news agency reported.

The electricity will be cut for 2.5 hours in the morning from 8 a.m. and for one hour in the evening from 6 p.m.

However the Power and Energy Ministry said that electricity will not be cut in hospitals.

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Sri Lanka was forced to impose power cuts after the coal power plant broke down on Saturday.

The Norochcholai coal power plant contributes to a major portion of Sri Lanka’s electricity demand.

The power plant had malfunctioned several times in the past as well resulting in similar power cuts.

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