On Thursday May the 29th Zimbabwe experienced a near total blackout across the country, after national power utility Zesa said it lost generating capacity at all its main plants simultaneously with only the small Bulawayo and Munyati thermal power stations having remained in operation during that period.

Distribution was disrupted after units went offline at the country’s Kariba 750 MW hydroelectric and the 920 MW Hwange thermal-power facilities, as well as at the 90 MW Harare thermal power station. This resulted in about 90% of Zimbabwe suffering a 24 hour blackout starting the night of Wednesday the 28th of May. Various parts of the country started losing power from Wednesday around 8 pm and by 5 am Thursday morning almost the whole country was in a blackout. Power was only restored in almost all the areas of the country by 8 pm Thursday the 29th of May.

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