Nationwide blackout hits Ghana

Millions of Ghanaians witnessed electricity blackout Wednesday night, after a massive power outage which affected “virtually every part of the country”, according to the head of the national grid, local media report.

“There was a surge of power around 9:40pm last night; we lost many generators across the country,” GRIDCo chief executive William Amuna told Citi FM.

He told the station that he expected full power to be restored by 10am local time (10:00 GMT).

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blackout, but have suggested it could have been down to a lightning strike.

It was not due to any planned load-shedding, according to Mr Amuna.

The last nationwide blackout, in January 2016, was blamed on a “system failure”.

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