Indonesia has shut down a coal-fired power plant in the middle of the night to save the lives of its workers.
The shut down came amid a nationwide blackout due to an emergency caused by the deadly coronavirus, and the country is facing widespread protests.
A statement from the Indonesian Department of Energy said the plant’s generators were at risk of overheating and were not able to function properly due to a breakdown of the electrical system.
It said the plants operator, APO Global, had informed the government that they could not restart the generators immediately due to the lack of power.
Indonesia’s coal-powered power plants are one of the world’s largest producers of electricity.
They produce nearly half of Indonesia’s power, according to state statistics.
The shutdown of the power plant is the latest blow for the country, which was already battling a massive drought, a severe heatwave and a devastating cyclone, and is already reeling from the coronaviruses devastating pandemic.