30 Jul '12, 5pm

Northern India Recovering from Huge Blackout: 400 million people in the dark early Monday

A huge swath of northern India was without power Monday in the worst blackout in a decade. The cause of the failure of India’s northern grid has yet to be determined. An estimated 400 million people (about one-third of the population of India) in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu and Kashmir were affected. At its worst, the outage made more than 8000 megawatts of electrical capacity unavailable. As of 7 p.m. Indian local time, officials said 80 percent of the power had been restored. As lack of electricity cut power to millions of fans and air conditioners, people suffered in the sweltering heat of the north Indian summer. Long distance trains ground to a halt; the Metro underground system in Delhi, the nation’s capital, was out of service; hospitals and IT call centers were running on backup power; and...

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