India endures blackout as power grids fail

Nearly half of India was left without power today after the nation’s northern and eastern electricity grids failed.

Nearly half of India was left without power today after the nation’s northern and eastern electricity grids failed.

The collapse of the grids came a day after the northern grid failed and left eight states without power for much of the day.

Shailendre Dubey, of Uttar Pradesh Power Corp in India’s largest state, said the northern grid collapsed at about 1.05pm local time.

SK Mohanty, a power official in the eastern state of Orissa, said the blackout in the eastern grid was triggered by a fault and could take several hours to resolve.

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