Major cities in Taiwan, including the capital Taipei, faced massive power outages caused by an incident at a power plant. According to the BBC, the incident affected about five million families.
According to the state-owned electricity grid operator Taipower, the problem arose with a transformer at the Xingda power plant in Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan, generating a seventh of all electricity produced in the region. Currently, the power plant is connecting spare power supplies.
The incident allegedly affected one of the world’s largest chip manufacturers TSMC. According to representatives of the company, several of its plants had problems with power supply.
At a press conference on Thursday, March 3, Taiwan’s Economy Minister Wang Mei-Hua apologized for power failures and promised that power supply would be restored in the northern regions by noon, and in the southern regions after lunch.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was supposed to meet with former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but the video broadcast of the meeting was canceled due to the incident.
According to Taiwanese media, chaos reigns on the roads due to de-energized traffic lights. Traffic police were sent to manage vehicles and fire trucks to eliminate emergencies, such as rescuing people stuck in elevators.