22nd April, 2021
The power system in Gorakhpur derailed late Wednesday night due to the storm. A 33 kV system was damaged due to lightning at the 132 KV transmission sub-station at Barhua at 2:30 pm. Due to this, many areas of Gorakhpur Industrial Development Authority Gida have no electricity since night. It also includes two oxygen-making plants.
Due to power failure around 3 o'clock at night, both the plants have been completely closed. This has started creating an outcry for oxygen in the city. Oxygen backup in private hospitals is running out. Corona infects are in most need of oxygen. Because of this the hospital operator and the patient's relatives are scared. City magistrates have also reached Gida along with the officials of the Electricity Corporation. Officers are now busy arranging generators.
Lightning fell on the power sub-station
In the midst of the strong storm at night, the officials of the Electricity Corporation had stopped the supply of the rural areas from the city. The SDO of Gida said that lightning fell on the sub-station at 2:30 pm. Continuation of lightning continued for about 10 minutes. When the lightning stopped, an attempt was made to start the sub-station but it was not successful. Investigation revealed that the 33 kV system has been damaged. Efforts are on to start supplies as soon as possible.
Power expected by 12 o'clock
Electricity is expected to reach Gida by 12 noon. Officials say that it will take time to repair the damaged system due to lightning. In Gida area, the problem is more due to lack of alternate lines.
Stampede in villages
At 2:30 in the night, a sudden lightning started, then there were strong explosions. Constant lightning caused a stampede in the surrounding villages. Nobody could understand what was happening.
Electricity came in the city in the morning
The strong thunderstorm led to tree branches and hoarding banners hanging on the tension lines in many areas of the city. Due to this the supply could not start even after the storm ended. Supply could start in many areas at around five o'clock in the morning. Even now some areas have no electricity since night.
Trees fell in many places in the city
Trees have fallen in many parts of the city due to the strong storm. This has disrupted traffic in many areas.
Category: India: Uttar Pradesh