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article imageMassive power failure hits Argentina, Uruguay, parts of Brazil

By Karen Graham     Jun 16, 2019 in World
Buenos Aires - Two entire South American nations are completely in the dark after a massive power failure that cut electricity to the 48 million people who live within their borders.
The power outage has left Argentina and Uruguay totally without power and also affected parts of Brazil, Paraguay, and Chile. According to The BBC, the power failure occurred around 7 a.m. (6 a.m. ET) said Edesur, the Buenos Aires-based utility on its website.
The blackout came as people in parts of Argentina were preparing to go to the polls for local elections. Argentina's energy secretary, Gustavo Lopetegui, said the cause of the power failure had not yet been determined.
Tweets from Edesur explained that "a massive "failure in the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI)" is at fault. So far, about 50,000 people in Argentina have had their power restored, as well as several coastal cities in Uruguay.
However, this still leaves millions without power and the utility says it could take several hours to get power restored.
The Argentine Interconnection System handles the bulk of Argentina's electricity. It is one of two such systems in the country, the other being in the Patagonia region.
One of Argentina's biggest water companies, Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos, warned those without power to limit their water use, as the distribution of drinking water had been affected by the power cut.
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