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Crimea plunges into darkness after electric pylons blown up


Simferopol (Crimea), Nov 22: A state of emergency was declared in Crimea after transmission towers in the neighbouring Ukraine's Kherson region were blown up, causing a blackout, media reported on Sunday.

Around 2 million people living in Crimea faced black out after electric pylons which supply power from Ukraine were blown up.

According to reports, people in the region forced to live in darkness after all four power lines were cut.

Crimea plunges into darkness

Images circulated on social media appeared to show Ukrainian flags attached to the damaged pylons.

After being annexed by Russia last year, Ukrainian authorities continued to supply power to the area, reported BBC.

A state of emergency has been declared and rescue teams have been put on high alert.

Mikhail Sheremet, Crimea's deputy prime minister, said the peninsula's hospitals had backup power sources and would not be affected.

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"Crimea is completely cut off," Viktor Plakida, the director of Crimea Energy, told Russia's Tass news agency.

Two of the four main power lines were cut in an earlier attack on Friday, reports said.

Ukrainian authorities said they encountered activists blockading the site when they tried to repair the damaged pylons.

OneIndia News (With inputs from agency)

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