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Electricity shutdown in Demerara and Berbice linked to explosions in Sophia

The Guyana Power and Light said there was a shutdown in the Demerara and Berbice grids following loud explosions aback of Sophia.

Following is the power company’s statement:

At 15:49 hrs today, following sounds of an explosion aback of Sophia, there was a disruption in the supply of electricity to the Demerara Berbice Grids. Emergency crews are currently investigating the transmission lines aback of Sophia in an effort to identify the cause of the outage.

While the investigation continues, our Company was able to restore electricity to Central Georgetown at 16:05 hrs continuing into all other affected areas in Demerara and Berbice.

In recognition of the current inclement weather season our Company wishes to reassure customers that several initiatives have been implemented to mitigate network faults likely to occur during this season; emergency response services have been strengthened to assist in emergencies of this nature.