Half of India hit by massive power cut

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Millions affected by one of the world's biggest blackouts

More than 600 million people have been left without electricity in India. 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 burned. This picture shows streets in New Delhi packed with heavy traffic following the power outage.

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Going nowhere

Stranded passenger sit on railway tracks near a stalled train following a power outage near Nani village in Allahabad. Tuesday's massive power failure came a day after a similar, but smaller outage and has raised serious concerns about India's outdated infrastructure.

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Power lines

Pigeons sit on electricity wires along a Metro line after Delhi Metro rail services were disrupted by the outage. The power failure affected people across more than a dozen states: more than the entire population of the European Union. The blackout was unusual in its reach, although its impact was softened by Indians' familiarity with frequent blackouts and the widespread use of backup generators for major businesses.

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Putting your feet up

A stranded Indian passenger rests inside a railway coach as he waits for his train resume following a power outage in Kolkata.

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Mind the gap

Commuters wait for a metro train in New Delhi. India's power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde blamed the outage on the country's states taking more than their allotted share of electricity. "Everyone overdraws from the grid. Just this morning I held a meeting with power officials from the states and I gave directions that states that overdraw should be punished. We have given instructions that their power supply could be cut," he said.

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Making do

Indian people walk past an electric generator at a market in New Delhi. India's demand for electricity has soared along with its economy in recent years, but utilities have been unable to meet the growing needs. The country's Central Electricity Authority reported power deficits of more than 8% in recent months.

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In a jam

A traffic jam following power outage and rains at the Delhi-Gurgaon road on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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Study by candlelight

Muslim girls work by the light of candles inside a madrasa or religious school in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.