Via The Times of India: Powerless and clueless: 684 million Indians without power. I gather that most hospitals, inured to local blackouts, have their own emergency generators. But healthcare workers trapped in traffic aren't much use to patients. Excerpt:
It was a Terrible Tuesday that 684 million Indians are not going to forget in a hurry. In the world's biggest blackout that affected one-tenth of the global population, 21 states and Union Territories went on the blink after three arterial power lines collapsed at 1 pm.
The northern, eastern and north-eastern regions suffered the outage when their respective grids collapsed in quick succession with devastating effect. The blackout disrupted normal life, rail and air services as well as industrial production across sectors.
Even as the country was reeling under the outage, power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was moved out to the home ministry, and Veerappan Moily given the additional charge of power - a move that hardly indicated seriousness on the government's part in dealing with the crisis.
Some 300 miners were trapped in coal mines. Two hundred miners were evacuated from mines in Bengal. Efforts were still on till the time of reporting to rescue 65 others stuck in Jharkhand mines.
More than 300 trains were affected. Many others are likely to be cancelled. Airports, hospitals and BPOs functioned with their back-up generators. In Delhi, once again commuters had a harrowing time, and a scary one for those who were stuck in the Metro Rail trains that stopped in their tracks several feet above the street or deep inside tunnels. Roads were gridlocked as traffic lights stopped working.
I have a bad feeling that this won't be the last time, or the only country, that experiences a blackout like this.