Downpour damages Calaber electrical installations, as blackout enters 5th day


The total blackout being experienced in Calabar, the Cross River State capital has entered its fifth day.

The blackout allegedly started after last Thursday’s heavy rain and thunderstorm that lacked the metropolis, destroying property worth billions of Naira, such as electrical installations in the city.

Besides the damaged electrical installations, large trees uprooted by the storm also fell on electric installations increasing the blackout which has affected many businesses in the metropolis.

A tour around the city demonstrated that technicians that use electricity for their work have suffered the most, in particular people who don’t own generators.

Mr Effiong Bassey a welder who recounted his plight to the reporter said it was getting too difficult to feed his family.

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“Since last week once the rain fell, I haven’t created any income, my kids and family are affected.

Another tech who gave his name as Aniekan said that he works on phones and telephone installations, power is an important instrument in our work

“With electricity, we can’t get the job done, I beg the power business to facilitate the installation of power in addition to the replacement of dropped poles from the affected areas.

Some people who had scheduled their marriages and other social actions also had to enlarge their funding to accommodate the hiring of generators

“I have no alternative than to make accessible N50, 000 for additional power, if not my guests will not see cold drinks and the venue will be hot and unconducive.

In the time of filing this report, officials of their power distribution company and Calabar Urban Development Authority in addition to the Ministry of Environment were seen clearing the roads of debris.




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