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Brazil’s largest cities hit by blackout

Bruno Marfinati
Reuters [1]
Wednesday, Nov 11th, 2009

A major electricity outage left tens of millions of people in Brazil’s two biggest cities without power on Tuesday night due to problems with the transmission lines that connect to the massive Itaipu dam.

The blackout affected Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as cities in at least four other states, hitting the industrialized southeastern part of Latin America’s largest country especially hard.

All of Paraguay, which gets most of its energy from the dam, was also briefly left in the dark.

Three hours after the blackout, power was beginning to be restored in some parts of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s financial capital and South America’s largest city. But much of the sprawling metropolis remained in the dark.

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