As Darkness Consumes Taiwan After Blackout, Economy Minister Resigns

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| August 17 , 2017 , 14:12 IST

After a massive blackout that plunged millions of households in Taiwan into darkness, the island's economy minister Lee Chih-Kung has resigned from his position.

According to Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA), six generators in the island's biggest natural gas power plants stopped working due to "an operational technical error" on Tuesday.

The government-run Taiwan Power Corporation told that six units at the Datan Power Station in Taoyuan, south of Taipei, tripped around 4:50 PM causing a drop of 4 million kilowatts of electricity.

The blackout forced the households, offices and even shopping mall into darkness.

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According to CNA, around 6.68 million households were affected in Taipei, the capital of the island nation and surrounding areas. Reportedly, the Taiwanese nation had a population of 23 million and  8.5 million households in the country at the end of 2015.

After the blackout, the Taiwan's economy minister Lee Chih-Kung, whose ministry is responsible for the power supply, had apologised to the nation and assured the whoever was responsible for this power cut would be punished.

While the country has left the public helpless in the heat of August summer, the defence ministry has assured the military is completely operational thanks to back up power supply.