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Blackout strikes northern India

Grid fails for 370 million; trains, hospitals, go on backup

Posted: July 31, 2012 at 4:53 a.m.

Commuters wait for a metro train Monday in New Delhi. Northern India’s power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people sweltering in the summer heat.

Commuters wait for a metro train Monday in New Delhi. Northern India’s power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people sweltering in the summer heat.

A power grid failure blacked out northern India for hours Monday, halting trains, forcing hospitals and airports onto backup power and providing a dark, sweltering reminder of the nation’s inability to meet its energy needs as it strives to be an economic power.

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