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Power restored after thunderstorm knocks down utility poles in suburban Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 14:26 GMT+7
Power restored after thunderstorm knocks down utility poles in suburban Ho Chi Minh City
A series of power poles tilted and collapsed during a thunderstorm in Trung Lap Thuong Commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 19, 2021. Photo: Tran Tam / Tuoi Tre

Linemen worked overnight to re-install utility poles and re-supply power to over 1,000 households in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi District after numerous poles had collapsed due to a thunderstorm rain, a power company said on Tuesday.

Nguyen Dang Khoa, deputy director in charge of Cu Chi Power Company, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday morning that all the poles affected during a thunderstorm rain in Trung Lap Thuong Commune on Monday have been re-erected.

“At present, the electricity supply has been re-established and no household suffers from power outages," Khoa said.

"Concrete bases for the re-installed poles will be built today.”

Thirty employees of the company had been mobilized to work overnight to restore power for the area, he added.

Khoa also said his staff will inspect and reinforce all the electrical poles managed by the company in the area to ensure safety.

The incident occurred 25 minutes after a heavy rain with powerful wind struck the commune, on Provincial Road 2, at around 4:30 pm on Monday.

A pole is seen on a paddy field in Trung Lap Thuong Commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 19, 2021. Photo: Tran Tam / Tuoi Tre

A utility pole is seen on a paddy field in Trung Lap Thuong Commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 19, 2021. Photo: Tran Tam / Tuoi Tre

Affected by the strong wind, a series of poles tilted and some of them collapsed, leading to a power cut in the commune.

Specifically, eight poles slightly tilted, five others fell, and one broke in half, Khoa said.

No people were injured as the collapsed poles had fallen on paddy fields. A lot of trees were also knocked down in the incident.

The incident scene covered a section of 200 meters long on the provincial road and caused a power outage to 1,005 customers, Khoa said.

“These electric poles fell due to the domino effect," the official explained, adding that all the affected poles are the medium voltage ones.

"When a pole fell, it caused many other poles of the same power line to collapse."

Before the Monday incident, no power poles had ever fallen during thunderstorm rains, he said.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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