Sri Lanka eastern Trincomalee town faces power outage

Aug 14, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s eastern port town of Trincomalee is facing a power outage after a high tension line feeding the area was hit by a freak weather, a senior official of the island’s power utility said. Sri Lanka’s national grid is operated by the state-run CEB, which distributes most of the island’s power.

A part of the Western province, where Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is located is, supplied by another state run distributor, Lanka Electricity Company.

Updated Six towers of the high tension 132kv line that connects the town to the national grid have toppled after being hit by a localised cyclone and the main grid substation that feeds Trincomalee is now dead, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) official said.

Though repair crews were already activated immediate restoration of power may not be possible, the official said.

The toppled towers were in the Thambalagamuwa area on the Anuradhapura-Trinco transmission line.