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Northern India suffers massive grid failure

Power supply partially restored after eight hours of disruption

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Commentators have suggested that massive demand on the network may have overloaded northern India's grid. (GETTY IMAGES)
Commentators have suggested that massive demand on the network may have overloaded northern India's grid. (GETTY IMAGES)

Delhi and large parts of northern India have suffered one of the country’s biggest power outages in over a decade, reports the Times of India. More than 300 million people were left without power since around 2.30 am on Monday morning, with states including Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh affected by the failure of the country’s northern grid.

Delhi was without power for around eight hours, whilst power was reportedly restored to around 60 percent of the grid about 10 hours after the problem was first reported.

Commentators on the incident have said that the outage was likely caused by the severe energy shortages that have plagued India, with demand on the grid often far exceeding the total capacity of the network.
 

 

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