Bangladesh fans on rampage as power blackout cuts World Cup

DHAKA, June 13, 2010 (AFP) – Thousands of Bangladeshi football fans went on the rampage after power cuts blacked out television coverage of an eagerly-awaited World Cup match. He urged fans to understand the dire state of the Bangladeshi national grid meant shortages were inevitable.

“The reality is that the country does not produce enough power to ensure uninterrupted supply. Fans should understand the situation. Vandalism does not help,” he said.

Bangladesh generates around 4,000 megawatts of power a day, far short of its 6,000 megawatt demand. Authorities try to manage the shortfall by rationing power supply nationwide, with blackouts every other hour.

Dhaka’s police chief said wealthy football fans could help their countrymen by setting up wide-screen televisions powered by generators in open spaces so that fans could watch the matches during blackouts.

The DPDC has used loudspeakers and advertisements to urge people not to use air conditioners and for shops to shut down early in an effort to maximise power supply during World Cup matches, the organisation’s head said.

“It will help the situation. But to be frank, even if there are no ACs and the s