Huge power failure affects millions in Argentina and Uruguay

BBC reports parts of Brazil and Paraguay were also affected by electricity outage

Authorities in Argentina and Uruguay claim that power has nearly been fully restored following a massive power cut that affected an estimated 44 million people. Video: Reuters

 

A huge power failure cut off electricity in Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday morning, according to media reports and a regional utility.

Parts of Brazil and Paraguay also were affected, the BBC reported. The outage hit on a day of provincial elections in parts of Argentina.

A “massive failure in the electrical interconnection system” has left “all of Argentina and Uruguay without power,” Edesur Argentina, a power company serving more than 2.5 million customers, said on Twitter.

Argentina’s government is assessing what caused the outage and how to fix it, according to an energy ministry statement cited by the Clarin newspaper, which said the grid collapsed at 7:07am local time.

Work is under way to restore power, though the outage may last hours, according to the statement.

Argentina, South America’s second-largest economy, shrank 2.5 per cent last year, the worst since 2014 when the nation defaulted on its debt.

– Bloomberg