Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Delhi power back after huge Indian power cut

The electricity supply to India's capital, Delhi, has been largely restored after a two-day blackout across much of the country.

More than 600 million people across India were affected by the power cut after three power grids collapsed, one for a second consecutive day.

Transport networks ground to a halt with hundreds of trains stranded and water supplies interrupted.

Full power is not expected to resume until some time on Wednesday.

The breakdowns in the northern, eastern, and north-eastern grids affected at least 20 of India's 28 states.

In Delhi, Metro services were halted and staff evacuated trains. Many traffic lights in the city failed, leading to massive traffic jams.

Other areas affected included Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan in the north, and West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand in the east.

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