Second Blackout in India Cuts Power to 670 Million People

Category: World / Jul 31, 2012 11:19AM EDT

India has been struck by its second major blackout over the past few days, leaving 670 million people without power.

The power grids, in the northern and eastern parts of the country, which supply electricity to half of India's 1.2 billion people, collapsed on Tuesday.

The epic blackout has trapped coal miners, left train passengers stranded, and left hospitals with no power amidst the sweltering heat and humidity of India's summer.

This unprecedented collapse is the worst to his India in more than a decade, bringing embarrassment to the government.

"We are professionals, this is our job that it should not happen. But today's incident, we appreciate your concern, your anger, it is absolutely correct. If I were in your place I would have also done the same manner what you are doing. But believe us, we are trying hard." CHIEF OF GOVERNMENT-RUN, POWER GRID CORPORATION, R. N. NAYAK

According to Reuters, by the afternoon rush-hour, only about 40 percent of power was back up, but electricity has yet to be restored to the capital, New Delhi.