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ARGENTINA | 23-01-2019 12:11

Lights out for 250,000 homes as power-cut hits capital

A blackout in Buenos Aires yesterday evening cut traffic lights and Subte lines, leaving tens of thousands homes without power in the City and suburbs.

More than 250,000 users in Buenos Aires City and its surrounding suburbs were left without power late Tuesday afternoon as a huge power-cut hit the capital.

Traffic lights and the Subte lines B and D failed to function during the outage, which hit large sections of the capital and some areas of Greater Buenos Aires. Though power was restored to most of the City's barrios within hours, a few thousand homes were still without power overnight, local outlets reported.

Blackouts are not uncommon during Buenos Aires's dense summers. On Tuesday, the so-called 'sensación térmica' – a commonly used indicator in Argentina referring to what the temperature feels like when humidity is factored in – in the capital surpassed 35 degrees.

Enegry provider Edenor explained that "due to a fire in our Morón substation, there was a high voltage cut affecting the northern part of CABA [a commonly used abbreviation for the capital] and part of La Matanza, and we are working to replace those affected. Please accept our apologies.”

Around 8,400 users were left without power overnight, the company said.

Fellow energy firm Edesur, meanwhile, explained that the cut in many neighborhoods in Buenos Aires was due to “an external failure” to the network.

It said around 7,748 users were still without power as of 10pm Tuesday night.

The lapse in power also caused problems for the water services offered by the company AySA, according to Noticias Argentinas.

Neighbourhoods in the capital reporting blackouts were: Belgrano, Palermo, Recoleta, Villa Crespo, Almagro, Caballito, Núñez, Colegiales, Chacarita, Monserrat, Balvanera, Parque Patricios, Villa Urquiza, Villa Devoto and Saavedra.

The National Electricity Regulation Body (ENRE) told Perfil it was monitoring the restoration of services and would evaluate in the coming days "if any fines should be applied to distributors."


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