Tepco warns of blackouts, urges energy cut

Millions of households affected by Friday’s horrific temblor and tsunami are experiencing interruptions to water, gas and electricity supplies, and exactly when they will be restored is uncertain.

On Saturday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. warned that blackouts could strike in many areas, not just in the zone of devastation, because damage to power-generation facilities has left electricity in short supply.

Tepco called on both companies and individuals to save power and sought help from other utilities in supplying electricity. In addition, it decided to cancel a plan to suspend power supplies for about three hours on a rotational and regional basis Sunday but said it might be reconsidered for Monday.

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