ST Scroll Back: India blackouts hit 700 million people but are not 'world’s worst'

Blackout fallout can be agonising: Commuters stranded, lifts stuck, surgery cancelled. Sometimes, the trigger for a massive blackout can simply start with a tree growing too near power lines.

A haircut during a power-cut: A customer in Kolkata trying to give his barber enough candlelight to work by on July 31, 2012. It was during the second major blackout in as many days in India.
A haircut during a power-cut: A customer in Kolkata trying to give his barber enough candlelight to work by on July 31, 2012. It was during the second major blackout in as many days in India.PHOTO: REUTERS

It was a dark night for many of us here. On Sept 18, the worst power outage in 14 years hit 19 areas in Singapore. 

Our blackout was measured in minutes - 38 of them - and the number of customers affected was almost 147,000. 

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