Source: Half of India without power after grids fail for second day
India’s energy crisis spread over half the country when both its eastern and northern electricity grids collapsed, leaving 600 million people without power in the world’s biggest ever blackout.
Traffic lights went out across New Delhi. The city’s Metro rail system, which serves about 1.8 million people a day shut down for the second day in a row. Police managed to evacuate Delhi’s busy Barakhamba Road station before closing the shutters.
The power deficit was worsened by a weak monsoon that lowered hydroelectric generation and kept temperatures higher, further increasing electricity usage as people seek to cool off.
In India connection to the grid remains a luxury for many. One third of India’s households do not even have electricity to power a light bulb, according to last year’s census.
Could this be the forerunner of things to come in America, Canada and Europe as populations continue to increase along with a global warming trend?