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Biggest blackout in 10 years hits India

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 01:09

July 30 - Indians are frustrated as largest blackout in a decade hits New Delhi and northern India, shrouding more than 300 million in darkness. Jessica Gray reports.

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Frustrated passengers remain stranded at this train station in New Delhi. They are some of the 300 million affected by the worst blackout in a decade after a massive grid failed in the early hours of Monday morning. The failure shut down power in the capital and much of northern India. Although some power has been restored, Indian officials are still scrambling to get the grid up and running again. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA'S POWER MINISTER, SUSHIL KUMAR SHINDE, SAYING: "I said it will take another two hours to restore completely. By now, you see, about 40 percent has been restored. The essential services have already been restored. The electricity has already reached the airport, metro is running, the stations are absolutely fine and 40 percent of power has already reached affected areas." Authorities are investigating the blackout, but say it was likely due to high demand as India's summer heats up. The outage has put India's ailing energy sector in the spotlight and given residents another thing to worry about in the sweltering weather. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Biggest blackout in 10 years hits India

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 01:09