2019 Mar 26
Sri Lanka has once again been plunged into dark times, and according to the most recent news, even darker times lie ahead. So while resorting to complaining about the CEB on social media may help relieve your pent up stress, here’s a few tips that will actually help you survive the current power cut plague.
1. Check that timetable!
On the 23rd of March, the CEB released a schedule for power cuts with allocated times, but no corresponding areas, which left us in the dark (pun intended). Yesterday, however, they released a comprehensive schedule which you can find right here. (If you manage to figure out how this schedule works, please do drop a message and let us know because we’re confused too).
The times allocated for the scheduled power cuts are as follows:
-08.30 am to 11.30 am
-11.30 am to 02.30 pm
-02.30 pm to 05.30 pm
-06.30 pm to 07.30 pm
-07.30 pm to 08.30 pm
-08.30 pm to 09.30 pm
Keep track of the time and figure out which time category your area falls into for both daytime and during the evening cuts. This will help you plan accordingly and make your life easier; for example, you won’t have to shower and dress in the dark etc.
2. Plan around SundaysThe electricity gods will apparently shine down on us on Sundays, where there will be no power interruptions throughout the day. So if you were planning to escape from the sweltering deathly soul-crushing heat inside your house during the weekend, head out on Saturday instead and earnestly wait until Sunday, when you’ll finally have a working ceiling fan and some peace.
3. Charge up and reload
This goes without saying, but in this 21st century world of Wi-Fi connections and power banks, many of us lose track until we have no data and 10% battery. Now that you have your own personal colour-coded power cut schedule in place, remember to put your phone, laptop, and anything with a battery to charge while you still have the privilege of electricity. Surviving the heat of a power cut is one thing, but navigating through it without a phone to keep you distracted just may be utter hell.
4. Stay in office (and communicate!)
Many of us wait for the clock to strike 5.30 every evening so we can head out of office and straight into Colombo’s ever-welcoming traffic. But not anymore! You’re already broke (don’t deny it), so you might as well clock in some overtime and stay in the cool air-conditioning provided by the generator in your office. And most importantly, communicate! If someone’s at home, call ahead and find out whether the power is back, has gone, or is waiting to disappear the moment you walk in. Spare yourself the misery.
5. Do a rain dance
I know, I know, we said we’d provide you with some practical solutions. But at this point, we’re ready to believe in anything. Colombo IS getting some infrequent rains which certainly help to cool down its burning residents. Meanwhile, the artificial rain project is in the works, and actually had a successful start over the catchment area of the Mausakelle Reservoir. Nonetheless, an outpour of rain will help solve the electricity generation problem and ultimately end power cuts. So dance away! After all, if it can work for Ted Mosby, then why not us Lankans?
Well, there you go. Surviving Lankan power cuts takes a lot of willpower, leaflets folded into makeshift fans, candles, and time calculations. Here’s hoping we have enough electricity to supply the country soon. Until then, entertain yourself with shadow animals – that can never get boring.