India: 600 million without power in 'biggest ever blackout'
Half of India has been hit by a power failure – 600 million people – in one of the world's biggest-ever blackouts.
Outages in the northern and eastern power grid spread over 13 provinces including the Indian capital New Delhi paralysed nearly half the country, disrupting air, rail, medical and communication services.
Hundreds of people in a mine in Calcutta are also reportedly trapped after the power cut.
Several carriages of Delhi’s metro system, which carries 1.8 million daily were stranded underground in oppressively hot and humid conditions for extended periods and unruly traffic piled up on the city congested streets and highways.
Persistent overnight rain added to the chaos, raising serious concern over India’s obsolete power infrastructure and the inability of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government to meet growing energy needs in its quest to become a regional economic superpower.
The outage in the eastern grid came barely 24 hours after India's northern power grid collapsed on Monday.
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