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Millions without power in southern Philippines

Published on Feb 27, 2014 12:14 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Millions of people were left without electricity in the southern Philippines on Thursday after a massive power breakdown, officials said, as repair crews worked to determine the cause of the outage.

The power cuts began before dawn and affected heavily populated areas in Mindanao, home to a quarter of the country's nearly 100 million population.

"Reports indicate that the Mindanao grid experienced a disturbance at 3.53 am... (We are) still determining the cause and extent of the disturbance," the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said in a statement.

Mindanao, the nation's main southern island which relies mostly on hydroelectricity, has been grappling with chronic power shortages for years.

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