Lightning leaves 4,000 S'wakian homes in the dark

Big mobile generators being deployed to Marudi in northern Sarawak which is having power blackout. - Pic by Sarawak Energy Bhd

MIRI: The Marudi district in northern Sarawak is suffering an electricity outage after lightning struck a transmission tower late Friday (July 3).

The state's power supplier - Sarawak Energy Bhd - has deployed seven mobile electricity generators to help the people in 4,000 plus premises, who are without electricity.

The utility body, in a press statement, said emergency works are being carried out now to repair the damaged tower.

"Lightning is believed to have struck a high-tension electricity supply tower along the transmission grid to Marudi.

"Our technical teams have reached the site of the damaged tower.

"However, flooded ground and dense vegetation made it difficult to carry out repair works.

"Our staffs are doing all they can to fully restore electricity supply as soon as possible to all affected residents," it said.

The mobile generator sets are being transported by land from Miri and are being hooked up to the substations in Marudi so that power can be activated while the repair on the damaged tower is being done, it added.

The transmission line to Marudi from the main state supply grid running from Miri is about 44km long.

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