Millions Without Power in Brazil
Problems at huge hydroelectric dam spread beyond border
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2009 8:10 PM CST
The Copacabana beach is seen during a blackout in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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(Newser) – Trouble at the world’s largest hydroelectric dam has millions in Brazil without power tonight. Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro—the nation’s largest cities, with combined metropolitan populations well beyond 20 million—are affected, as are many smaller towns. An official at the Itaipu dam tells the BBC that it has lost its entire hydroelectric output. CBS reported over the weekend that hackers are beyond recent blackouts, a charge Brazil’s government denied.

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