Widespread power outage hits parts of Mindanao

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(CNN Philippines, July 30) — A widespread blackout hit the Zamboanga Peninsula, Misamis Occidental and parts of Lanao del Norte at noon today.

Nine major power distributors suffered a major loss in its operations when the Agus 5-Aurora 138kV power line tripped at around 10:58 a.m.

The problem was compounded by the scheduled maintenance of the Baloi-Aurora 138kV power line, which serves electric cooperatives in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

In Zamboanga, the National Grid Corporation (NGCP) also had ongoing maintenance activity affecting three substations located in Recodo, Ayala and San Jose Gusu.

The power cooperatives affected include the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative, Misamis Occidental Electric Cooperative 1 and 2, Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative, WILMAR and PNOC EC.

The affected lines were gradually energized starting 11:17 a.m. today.