Malaysia power cut plunges millions into darkness
A boat sails past the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly in Kuching, on February 7, 2013. Almost all of Sarawak -- Malaysia's largest state -- was plunged into darkness after a main transmission line was tripped, according to local media reports.
National news agency Bernama cited a Sarawak Energy spokesperson as saying the power outage occurred at 5.40pm while English daily The Star said some areas had power restored within an hour in the state capital Kuching.
Ahadiah Zamhari of Sarawak Energy, the state's electricity provider, was quoted as saying the supply cut could have affected the entire state but the company had yet to ascertain the extent of the outage.
"We are doing everything within our capacity to restore power as soon as possible," he said.
Crawling traffic snaking for more than two kilometres was also reported on several main roads in Sarawak state, located on the northwest of the island of Borneo.
About 2.5 million people live in the densely forested state where electricity is largely generated from fossil fuels, although a move to hydropower has drawn opposition from locals and environmentalists.
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