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Massive blackout hits Cairo rush hour

Published on Sep 4, 2014 2:55 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - A huge power outage blacked out most of Cairo on Thursday causing major disruption across the city of some 20 million people at the height of the morning rush hour.

Services were completely suspended on one of the city's three metro lines and heavily disrupted on a second, the state MENA news agency reported.

Energy ministry spokesman Mohamed al-Yamani told AFP that "power is gradually being restored" after a fault cut supply to "some Cairo neighbourhoods".

But two hours later, the whole of the city centre and several outlying districts were still without electricity, as temperatures rose towards their midday high, which can often top 40 degrees Celsius in summer.

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