Power blackout across Central Asia leaves millions without electricity
Millions of people were left for hours without electricity on Tuesday when a huge power blackout hit cities in three Central Asian countries. Areas of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan were affected when a shared power line was disconnected. It caused traffic jams, airport delays and other public transport disruptions across the ex-Soviet nations.
The Uzbek Energy Ministry said that the power outage hit Tashkent, the capital, and towns and cities in the regions of Ferghana, Sirdaryo, Jizzaq, Samarkand, Navoi, and Qashqadaryo at around 11 a.m.
Central Asian countries have seen their grids burdened by a summer drought that affected hydropower capacity in Kyrgyzstan and by a boom in cryptocurrency mining in the region, especially in Kazakhstan.
Southern Kazakhstan, which traditionally endures energy deficits and relies on supplies from the electricity-rich north of the country, was especially affected by the influx.