Restoring Power to the People of Lombok
PLN working to Return Electrical Power to Lombok Following Sunday, August 5th Earthquake.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated large areas of the Island of Lombok on Sunday, August 5, 2018, and claimed the lives of more than 100 people and injured hundreds more has resulted in an estimated dip of 70% in hotel occupancy rates on the day following the geological disaster,
Detik.finance.com reports that the chairman of the Lombok branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Lombok), Abdul Hadi Faishal, has confirmed the decline in hotel occupancies.
Faishal said rumors of a tsunami 70% of guests checked out of their hotels during what is traditionally high season for hotels on Lombok.
As a precaution against fire and due to damage to the power grid, the State Electrical Board (PLN) reports that about 50% of the 99-Megawatt power system in Lombok is was shut down following the earthquake.
A PLN spokesman, Djoko R. Abumanan, told the press on August 8th that electrical workers were working to restore power to all areas with only 25% of the grid waiting to be restored.
Portions of Sumbawa, including Bima, suffered temporary power outages due to the earthquake. Abumanan said that by Monday power supply to the Island of Sumbawa was back to normal.