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Argentina, Uruguay suffer massive power blackout

A K Azad : risingbd.com
 
     
Publish on: 2019-06-16 9:48:41 PM     ||     Updated: 2019-06-17 9:22:27 PM

International Desk: A massive power grid failure has left all of Argentina and parts of Uruguay without electricity. Authorities are attempting to quickly restore power in both countries, with the outage affecting around 50 million people.

A problem in the energy network has left two South American states cut off from power at 7:06 a.m. local time (10:06 UTC).

Energy distribution company Edesur, a major provider to the two nations, confirmed the outage in a tweet.

"A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," said Edesur. Company spokeswoman Alejandra Martinez described the power as historic, saying "nothing like this has ever happened."

The Argentinian company later said it had started the "normalization process, which will require several hours." Authorities are hoping it does not interfere with regional elections in parts of Argentina. The provincial government of Buenos Aires has put emergency services on alert.

Uruguayan authorities blamed the Argentinian grid for the blackout. Uruguay's UTE power company said "a fault in the Argentina network affected the interconnected system, leaving the entire national territory without service, as well as several provinces of the neighbor country." _Agencies

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