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2 Entire Countries Just Lost Power

Sweeping blackout hits the 48M people in Argentina, Uruguay
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2019 7:01 AM CDT
Using her cell phone as a flash light, a woman walks up the stairs to her apartment in a building that has been without electricity for two weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in this 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

(Newser) – 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, reports the BBC. "A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," electric company Edesur tweeted. The failure came as some Argentines were preparing to vote in elections, halted trains, and cut off traffic signaling. The BBC notes that parts of Brazil and Paraguay were also affected by the outage. (Read more blackout stories.)

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