Argentina, Uruguay work to restore power after major outage

Cheryl Sanders
June 16, 2019

He said power was being restored to some parts of the country, but added that the process could take several hours.

"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 and Uruguay woke up in darkness Sunday after an unprecedented power failure cascaded across their shared electrical grid, affecting millions of people.

By mid-morning, streets were largely empty in a rainy Buenos Aires, the Argentinian capital, although some stores were open, operating with generators, while Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital, was nearly entirely without power with only some traffic lights working.

Argentine website Infobae had reported that the website for the National Entity for Energy Regulation (ENRE) was down. "Something like this has never happened before", she said. It added that the system went down at 7:06 am local time.

Edesur, a major provider to the two nations, confirmed the outage in a tweet earlier.

"Some coastal cities already have service and work continues toward general restoration (of power)", it said.

Parts of Chile and southern Brazil are experiencing outages as well, said Edesur, the Buenos Aires-based company.

The blackout affected the entire Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, in addition to provinces in the north and south.

"What's happening with this blackout", a user on Twitter asked the government.

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