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620 million without power in India after 3 power grids fail

posted Jul 31, 2012, 1:10 PM by Prep Experts   [ updated Jul 31, 2012, 2:41 PM ]

NEW DELHI (AP) – India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world's biggest blackout.

Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi. Electric crematoria stopped operating, some with bodies half-burnt, power officials said. Emergency workers rushed generators to coal mines to rescue miners trapped underground.

The massive failure — a day after a similar, but smaller power failure — has raised serious concerns about India's outdated infrastructure and the government's inability to meet its huge appetite for energy as the country aspires to become a regional economic superpower.
Passengers sit on a train as they wait for power at a railway station in New Delhi on Monday.