Massive power blackouts hit Turkish cities

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoÄŸlu has said officials are inspecting all possible causes, including a terror attack, for the electricity cut across Turkey, as power blackouts continue in several provinces including Istanbul and Ankara.

Officials told daily Hürriyet that a technical problem in the system of the Turkish Electricity Conduction Company (TEİAŞ), which operates energy transmission lines, led to the massive outage.

At least 44 provinces throughout Turkey are affected by the outage.

Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said teams are working to determine the cause of the blackout, ruling out claims that the country is suffering an energy shortage.

"I also cannot say whether or not there was a cyber attack," Yıldız said.

DavutoÄŸlu has said "all possibilities," including a terror attack, are being investigated.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality announced in a statement that metro and tram services had been halted due to the blackout.

The Energy Ministry has also released a statement, saying a problem has occured with the main distribution lines and the cut is likely to have originated in the Aegean region.

The blackout is the biggest power outage in Turkey in 15 years, energy officials told Hürriyet.

In the western province of Kocaeli, one of the industrial centers of Turkey, several factories stopped production in the morning as most of the province was affected by the blackout.

Local reports of a "huge explosion" in Kocaeli have not been confirmed.

Meanwhile, the hashtag #BuradaElektrikYok, which means "There is no electricity" in Turkish, climbed to the top of the global trending topics list on Twitter March 31.

The Journal Of Turkish Weekly

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