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Blackouts after heavy rain lashes Greater Jakarta

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 1, 2020   /   03:41 pm
Blackouts after heavy rain lashes Greater Jakarta A man sits in his shop with a candle and an emergency lamp during a blackout in Jakarta on Aug. 5, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Storms that hit Greater Jakarta on Sunday have led to blackouts in several parts of the capital and its satellite regions, causing some residents to complain about state-owned electricity firm PLN on social media.

“Heavy rain and thunder in Jakarta have been causing problems along several 500 KV [kiloVolt] extra-high-voltage power lines (SUTET) since 12:58 p.m. local time,” the firm wrote on Sunday. “PLN apologizes for the power outages that have hit several parts of the city and surrounding regions.” 

The electricity firm added that at least four SUTET electricity lines had been disrupted: the line from Muara Tawar to Cibatu in Bekasi, West Java; from Depok to Cibinong in Bogor, West Java; from Cawang, East Jakarta, to Muara Tawar; and from Bekasi to Tambun.

PLN announced at 2:14 p.m. that electricity had returned to certain affected areas, including Cawang and Duren Tiga in East Jakarta, Mampang and Kemang in South Jakarta and Ancol and Angke in North Jakarta.

PLN said it was still trying to restore electricity in some other areas.

The blackouts trended nationally on Twitter on Sunday afternoon as many took to the site to complain. 

“Google said, ‘expect rain at 1:00 p.m.,’ but he didn't say to expect power outages,” wrote Twitter user @crispyme91.

Other Twitter users, such as @Abyan_Fahar and @duckyyoki, posted memes likening people coping with the blackouts to early humans trying to start fires.