Bangladesh goes dark in electricity blackout as national grid link to India power supply fails

Bangladesh's state power company says the country has been hit with an electricity blackout after a transmission line bringing power from neighboring India failed.

Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. Managing Director Masum-Al-Beruni says the blackout hit around noon Saturday and covered all parts of the country connected to the national grid.

Bangladesh began importing electricity from India last October 2013 through a 400-kilovolt transmission line that runs from Baharampur in the Indian state of West Bengal to the southwestern Bangladesh town of Bheramara.