by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2019
Argentine President Mauricio Macri called the massive blackout that left tens of millions in South America without power on Sunday (June 15) “unprecedented,” and promised a thorough investigation.
Argentina’s grid “collapsed” around 7 a.m. local time (1100 GMT), leaving the entire country without power, Argentina’s Energy Secretariat said.
The outage also cut electricity to much of neighboring Uruguay and swaths of Paraguay, and shut down YPF’s La Plata refinery, Argentina’s largest.
Macri said the blackout had been prompted by a failure in the country’s coastal grid but said that officials still did not know what had caused the problem.
Half of Argentina had power by mid-afternoon, Macri said.
Energy distributors in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, whose populations total nearly 55 million, said power was being quickly restored to major cities and heavily populated coastal regions, including Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
The blackout comes amid a deepening economic crisis in Argentina that has left nearly a third of the country in poverty, pushed interest rates skyward and sent the peso tumbling against the dollar, prompting mass protests throughout the country.
The massive blackout on Father’s Day left Buenos Aires dark early this morning, hobbling public transportation, cutting off water supply and crippling phone and internet communications across the city. (REUTERS)
They also prepared 300 flood flights which can be used in polling precincts in case of power interruption. 300 Meralco linemen will also make rounds in various areas to fix electricity lines, posts, and transformers.
“Itong Lunes nasa status kami ng general alert (On Monday, we will be on general alert) and those in the field will be ready to respond in any given situation,” according to Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.
Meralco also reminds personnel manning the polling precincts to make sure all electrical wiring is in good condition and avoid octopus wiring which is one of the main cause of brownout.
Avoid using appliances that consumes too much electricity to avoid overloading.
In case of brownout or electricity emergencies, contact Meralco through their social media or call 1622-8118. They can also message Meralco.
SEND TO: Smart- 0920-971-6211 Globe- 0917-551-6211 Sun- 0925-771-6211
Meralco will make sure there is enough power supply in canvassing centers.—(with reports from Joan Nano)
UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.