Major Blackout Hits Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay

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President Mauricio Macri also said that 50% of the country had power after a massive failure in Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday morning left many in the dark.

Electricity is gradually being restored in Argentina and Uruguay after a widespread blackout Sunday morning that officials blamed on a power transmission system failure.

Edesur shared a message from Argentina's Energy Secretary, that stated that a "failure in the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI)" is at fault.

The outage hit on a day of provincial elections in parts of Argentina.

In Paraguay, the capital of Asuncion was unaffected by the outage but local providers said they were restoring power to smaller cities and rural areas.

Downtown Buenos Aires during the power cut that left nearly all of Argentina and Uruguay without electricity.

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Infobae, an Argentinian website, reported on Sunday that all trains had been suspended.

Among the affected provinces in Argentina were Santa Fe, San Luis, Formosa, La Rioja, Chubut, Cordoba and Mendoza, reports said.

In neighbouring Paraguay, parts of Ayolas, Pilar, Villalbín and the border areas of Misiones and Ñeembucú were also without power. The integrated nature of the regional grid meant that the interruption also affected Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, Uruguayan state utility UTE said in a statement.

Argentine electric company Edesur said that some 450,000 clients had power restored by 11:53 a.m., with hospitals taking priority.

An economist in Uruguay said on Twitter that radio outlets were reporting that 180,000 customers were without power in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, and 45,000 in Canelones, a city to the north of the capital.

"This is the first time something like this has happened across the entire country", Martinez said, according to BBC. "I've just talked to a neighbor and he told me his sons won't be able to meet him". "Sometimes there is not light in the summertime as a result of high electricity consumption, but never such a large blackout in the whole country". Voters marked ballots by candlelight or using their mobile phones as flashlights amid an "emergency protocol", newspaper Clarin reported. She said her biggest concern was that electricity be restored in time to watch the national team play in the Copa America football tournament Sunday evening. The blackout itself started at 7:07am local time on Sunday, according to Argentinian officials.

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