Sabotage cuts power to 18 million people

ILIGAN, Mindanao - Muslim separatist rebels blacked out the southern third
of the Philippines in overnight sabotage attacks, leaving about 18 million
people in the dark for hours, officials said Thursday.

Electricity supply was restored to most of Mindanao island by Thursday as
the government fired up emergency generating stations to temporarily
replace baseload plants disabled by the toppling of transmission pylons
overnight Wednesday, they said.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas blew up at least five
steel transmission towers before midnight using improvised explosives from
mortar shells on Wednesday, knocking out from the grid the key Agus
hydro-electric power complex outside this city.

[...]

Repairs to restore the transmission lines to Agus were expected to take a
week.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/foreignnews/200302280111046662857.php

Were there itinerate tree-dwellers involved?

Now, that's my kind of DDos attack! Put down the scripts and pick up the
high explosives!

:ILIGAN, Mindanao - Muslim separatist rebels blacked out the southern third
:of the Philippines in overnight sabotage attacks, leaving about 18 million
:people in the dark for hours, officials said Thursday.

So we have a bit of time to figure out how to profit from the millions
of new babies to be born 9 months from now in the affected area.

:Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas blew up at least five
:steel transmission towers before midnight using improvised explosives from
:mortar shells on Wednesday, knocking out from the grid the key Agus
:hydro-electric power complex outside this city.

Judging by how well Hydro Quebec handled the ice storm a few years
ago, we can probably expect many other domestic power providers to
take more than a few hours to recover from multiple hits against the
infrastructure. Though in that case they were hampered by icy road
conditions.

During some mild rolling brownouts here a while ago, I sent out the
phone number of the local hydro company NOC to some stakeholders,
and reminded them to write it down, as it won't be of much use to
them if it is sitting in their email during a blackout. :wink:

Something to think about anyway.

Unless you're main work computer (or personal) is a laptop or you have a
PocketPC device (with charged batteries.) Both in my case. Nope, I'm not
paranoid, just prepared. We've had two speeders take out power in our
grid in the last two years. Critical stuff is on UPS/Genset but not
everything. Nice to have a 'local' backup. The PocketPC is also a
cell/GPRS device. Yes, I know, but if it's bad enough to effect the cell
system, the power company is likely already on the job. ;0

Best regards,