31 July 2012

India in the Dark

12 Menachem Av 5772

I keep wondering if these ongoing incidences and reports of major electrical outages across the world are a warning of what's to come. I've heard reference to Jewish sources which describe a future period when the entire world will be engulfed by fifteen days of darkness. (Anyone with the actual source for this is invited to post it in the comments section.)


NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity in one of the world's biggest-ever blackouts.

Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi. Electric crematoria stopped operating, some with bodies half burnt, power officials said. Emergency workers rushed generators to coal mines to rescue miners trapped underground.

The massive failure - a day after a similar, but smaller power failure - has raised serious concerns about India's outdated infrastructure and the government's inability to meet its huge appetite for energy as the country aspires to become a regional economic superpower.