Most parts of Srilanka.. if not all of Srilanka had a power failure this evening.. I just logged into Twitter as soon as it happened and realized that my timeline was flooded with #powercut tweets. We all had our theories as to why there was a power cut or a failure and soon the news came that :
"Power failure in sevaral parts of the country at the moment. Steps are being taken to rectify it soon-CEB-Daily Mirror"
And few minutes later :
"Electricity disrupted in many parts of the island due to tripping of the main transmission line from Kotmale to Biyagama - Chariman CEB"
After a while.. my friends on Twitter started reporting they got electricity back.. one by one. And @YasirNasir put out this interesting 'theory' that :
"Ah, you're further away from Colombo, that's why. Usually power comes back inside Colombo first."
"My theory was CMB usually is on the top of restoration list, doesn't mean other areas don't get power back. :P"
I almost bought it until... @Isharajay in Gampaha reported that he got power back before @Moshanthi and @CocoVeranda from Colombo 07 reported they got power. So I thought I'd do a bit of digging in..
Interestingly enough.. Searching through my twitter timeline, this is how the Tweeps got their power back. So I call it the #CEBlist or the CEB priority list ;)
3.44pm - Wattala (Anudi_)
4.18pm - Colombo 5 (Yasirnasir & m_nasir13)
4.30pm - Negambo (mnhaqeel : we are not in CEB we are LECO)
4.30pm - Gampaha (Isharajay & Chathuraw)
4.30pm to 5.00pm - Moratuwa (Supems : Took 30 min to increase to 230V from 0V. 7.67V per 1s)
4.33pm - Colombo 3 (Shamil_Jay)
4.34pm - Colombo 3 (Milindat)
4.40pm - Colombo 7 (Cocoveranda)
4.45pm - Colombo 7 (Moshanthi)
4.45pm - Colombo 4 (Bhagyas)
4.45pm - Old Kottawa Road, off Nugegoda (Me!)
4.59pm - Dehiwala (Saleemmutaliph)
4.59pm - Dehiwala (Rushda_)
5.00pm - Dehiwala (Gihangamos)
5.00pm - Nugegoda (Amisampath)
5.00pm - Pilimathalawa, Kandy (deeps) - she said "around" 5 though..
5.05pm - Anuradhapura (Udaraumd)
5.10pm - Athurugiriya (Arvindjkv)
5.10pm - Battaramulla (e4c5)
5.10pm - Kottawa (via D-man)
5.25pm - 8km off Ambalangoda (kpgtharaka)
5.45pm - 10km off Kandy town(Malinthe)
5.55pm - Kurunegala (malindaprasad)
8.20pm - Hakmana (Budhajeewa)
Funnily.. 4.20pm - Awissawella LOST power (OshanRube)
And in view of fast approaching Christmas... we named it the "CEB naughty and nice list"!
So what do you guys think? Does CEB have a priority "list" or do we get power restored in random fashion? Oh.. and.. It would be really cool if you can check your timeline and tell me (post as a comment) what time you and your tweeps got power back, so I can expand the list. Then we can all see the "bigger picture" :D
UPDATE : So the Daily Mirror reports the CEB Chirman Vidya Amarapala had said this, regarding the power failure :
A major blackout in many parts of the country occurred today due to the tripping of Kotmale and Biyagama transmission line. The grid was tripped due to lighting which created instability in the grid. The Chairman added that the power had to be restored section by section and that the CEB was energizing these sections currently.