Argentina's national power grid was hit by a fire on Tuesday 23 February, causing a massive power outage across the country. Argentina's electricity restored to most areas on Wednesday, 24 February, but many businesses and households were left without electricity for hours.
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Argentina's national power grid was hit by a fire on Tuesday 23 February, causing a massive power outage across the country. Argentina's electricity restoredto most areas on Wednesday, 24 February, but many businesses and households were left without electricity for hours.
According to reports, the fire was caused by a technical fault at a power substation in Buenos Aires, which then spread to other stations. As a result, power was cut off to millions of people in the capital and surrounding provinces.
President Alberto Fernández declared a state of emergency and announced that an investigation would be launched to determine the cause of the incident. He also thanked the emergency services for their quick response in dealing with the situation.
The government also issued a statement reassuring the public that the country's energy system was stable and that steps would be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
The power outage had a significant impact on daily lifein Argentina, with many people unable to work or carry out their daily activities. The outage also affected the country's vaccination campaign against COVID-19, with some vaccination centers forced to close due to the lack of electricity.
Critical electricity lines were destroyed, and a nuclear power plant had to be shut down, all because of the fire.
Buenos Aires is experiencing a heatwave and drought at the same time as the blackout, with temperatures remaining over 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in several regions.
Classes were canceled, stores were closed, and many people were left without access to cooling systems because of it. Several people were stuck when public transportation came to a standstill and water delivery services were disrupted.
However, many people came together to help those in need during the outage, with some providing shelter and food to those affected.
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Power was gradually restored to most areas on Wednesday, with some areas still experiencing outages. The government said that power would be fully restored by the end of the day.
Efforts are also being made to address the damage caused by the fire and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. The government has announced that it will be investing in the country's energy infrastructure to improve its stability and reliability.