Hundreds of Millions Without Power in India

Hundreds of millions of people have been left without electricity in Northern and Eastern India after a massive power breakdown.

More than half the country has been left without power after three grids collapsed – one of them for the second day running.

Hundreds of trains have come to a standstill and hospitals are running on backup generators.

In Eastern India, around 200 miners have been trapped underground.

Areas affected include Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan in the North, and West Bengal,

Power cuts are common in Indian cities because of a fundamental shortage of power and an ageing grid – the chaos caused by such cuts has led to protests and unrest on the streets in the past.

But the collapse of an entire grid is rare – the last time the northern grid failed was in 2001.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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