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Wednesday
Aug012012

Power Restored in India After Massive Blackout

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- The lights are back on in India Wednesday after a massive power outage left more than 600 million people in the dark.

The blackout on Tuesday was due to the collapse of electricity grids in the northern and eastern part of the country.  In all, 22 of India's 28 states were affected.

It followed another power outage that left some 300 million people without electricity for several hours on Monday.  That outage was due to a failure with the northern grid.

Both blackouts crippled transportation, leaving hundreds of trains at a standstill and an untold numbers of cars stuck in traffic because there were no lights.

While states are being blamed for taking more power from the grids than they were authorized to do, an investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the collapse.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul312012

Half of India Without Power as Electricity Grids Collapse Again

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Millions of people in India are in the dark again Tuesday after a massive power outage struck the country for a second consecutive day.

Electricity grids in northern and eastern India collapsed Tuesday afternoon, knocking out electricity to about half of the country -- about 600 million people -- and crippling transportation.  In New Delhi, traffic lights are out and the city's metro rail system is shut down.

Aside from the capital, other affected areas include the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan in the north, and West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand in the east, the BBC reports.

The latest blackout comes one day after the northern grid failed, leaving some 300 million people without power for several hours.  That power outage also led to a commuting nightmare early Monday morning.

Power officials in the country say it’s not unusual during the summer months for states to “take more power” from the grid than authorized, and suspect that may have contributed to Monday’s failure, according to the BBC.

A task force has been appointed to determine the exact cause of the outage.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul302012

India: Massive Power Outage Cuts Electricity to Millions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A massive power outage across nine states in northern India knocked out electricity to an estimated 300 million people and caused a commuting nightmare early Monday morning, before it was mostly restored later in the day.

Among the areas affected by the blackout was the Indian capital of Delhi, one of the most heavily populated cities in the country and one of the most densely populated in the world. BBC News reports that the Delhi Metro experienced delays of up to three hours in spots before it was able to resume operations. Traffic lights in the capital were also affected by the outage, causing gridlock during the morning commute.

Power officials in the country say it’s not unusual during the summer months for states to “take more power” from the grid than authorized, and suspect that may have contributed to Monday’s failure – the worst to hit India in more than a decade, according to the BBC.

A task force has been appointed to determine the exact cause of Monday's outage.

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