29 January, 2023, 9:49 pm Central - 25°C Rain

Power outage from Ba to Rakiraki until tomorrow morning due to an uncontrollable cane fire

Power outage from Ba to Rakiraki until tomorrow morning due to an uncontrollable cane fire

By Krishneel Nair
Monday 03/10/2022

There will be power outages from Ba to Navesau in Rakiraki due to an uncontrollable cane fire which has burnt two of their EFL power poles.

Power supply to all the affected areas is expected to be restored by tomorrow morning, weather permitting.

The Lautoka Fire Station is currently undertaking its operations to extinguish the fire.

CEO of EFL, Hasmukh Patel says the burnt power poles affect their ability to transmit power from EFLโ€™s Vuda Zone Substation to the Rarawai Zone Substation, Vatukoula and Tavua Substations and the Volivoli Zone Substation in Rakiraki.

EFL is requesting members of the public who live along the sugar cane belt areas or along the sugar cane farm residences to take extra precautionary measures when lighting fires.

EFL is also requesting the public to refrain from burning cane and rubbish near the power poles, which can cause unwarranted damages that compromise safety and is a major hazard, thereby, affecting the continuity of the power supply.

Anyone caught causing damages to the electricity infrastructure as a result of burning cane or rubbish will be dealt with according to the law.

EFL customers are reminded to call 132333 or 913 to report a fire near or on EFL power infrastructure. For emergencies only, call 913.

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