Electrical failure cuts power to all of Argentina and Uruguay

Electrical failure cuts power to all of Argentina and Uruguay
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  • calendar-gray 16 June 2019

A massive electrical failure has left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power, according to a major Argentine electricity provider, APA reports citing BBC.

Reports said the power cut had also affected parts of Brazil and Paraguay. Argentine media said the power cut occurred shortly after 07:00 (11:00 BST), causing trains to be halted and failures with traffic signalling. It came as people in parts of Argentina were preparing to go to the polls for local elections.

"A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," electricity supplier company Edesur said in a tweet. Argentina's energy secretary, Gustavo Lopetegui, said the cause of the power failure had not yet been determined.

The Ministry of Civil Protection estimated that parts of the service could be restored in about seven or eight hours. Edesur said that power had been restored to parts of Buenos Aires and local media reported that two airports were operating on generators in the capital. Uruguay's energy company, UTE, said in a tweet that power had been restored to coastal areas.  

Faiq Mahmudov

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