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Jakarta Post

Blackout in western Java: What we know so far

  • Devina Heriyanto
    Devina Heriyanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /  02:55 pm
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Darkness falls: Residences in Jakarta are seen in total darkness on Sunday. Electricity transmission disruptions caused a major blackout for several hours in Greater Jakarta and parts of West and Central Java on Sunday.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

It was Sunday, 11:50 a.m, when suddenly the lights went out in Jakarta. It took a while before the public realized that the blackout was a major one, affecting at least 21.9 million customers, including industries and households, in Greater Jakarta, Banten and West Java.  The capital fell into disarray. The blackout also affected communications as some telecommunication companies struggled to maintain their operations due to the lack of power. As a result, for some people, there was no way of knowing what was really happening. For those who are used to the cashless lifestyle, even cashing out their money posed a huge challenge as many ATMs were not operating during the blackout. Commuter lines and the the MRT halted operations, while customers faced difficulties in accessing the usually much-reliable ride-hailing apps. Portable generators and emergency lamps were all s...