Taiwan’s economic minister resigns over massive blackout

AP | Published: August 16, 2017 06:15:23 | Updated: October 25, 2017 01:46:13

Taiwan's economy minister Lee Chih-kung has resigned after a generator failure at a power plant caused a massive blackout in many parts of Taiwan, including capital Taipei


The power outage affected millions of households across the island during sweltering heat. It also plunged traffic, shopping malls and offices into darkness early Tuesday evening, reports AP.


Taiwan's Central News Agency said that "an operational technical error" caused six generators to stop working at Taiwan's biggest natural gas power plant.


The economy minister apologized at a news conference and said the person who made the error would be punished. His ministry is responsible for power supply.


CNA says 6.68 million households were affected in the capital, Taipei, cities Taichung and Tainan and three counties in the center, west and southwest of the island of 23 million people.


There were almost 8.5 million households in Taiwan at the end of 2015, according to the Ministry of Interior.

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