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Power blackout plunges Kuwait into darkness

Malfunction shuts down electricity for around three hours on Wednesday.

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Kuwait was plunged into darkness on Wednesday night when a “technical malfunction” caused the entire electricity grid to shutdown.

The power turned off about 7.20pm, according to the Minister of Electricity and Water Abdulaziz Al Ibrahim. It was gradually restored with all areas regaining electricity by 10.14pm.

Al Ibrahim blamed the blackout, which affected most parts of Kuwait, on “a technical malfunction that forced a huge current to stop as a precautionary measure” to protect the electricity network.

The Interior Ministry operations room received hundreds of reports of traffic accidents and people trapped in elevators, Arab Times reported.

Police enforced an “unprecedented security mobilisation” on Kuwaiti roads at what is usually a peak period.

Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported that Qatar had supplied its neighbour with power via the GCC power grid

"They took help from the GCC power grid as well and power supplies began to be restored gradually in the affected areas of Kuwait six minutes later," QNA said.

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