THREE electricity grids have collapsed in India, affecting 600 million people in one of the world’s biggest-ever blackouts.
Hundreds of miners were trapped underground in the eastern states of West Bengal and Jharkhand when the lifts failed, metro services were stopped temporarily in the capital and hundreds of trains were held up nationwide.
Federal Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters that the monster outage, which struck around 1.00pm local time in the middle of the working day, was caused by states drawing power “beyond their permissible limits”.
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