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Jakarta Post

Blackout snarls capital

  • Vela Andapita and Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 5 2019   /  12:17 am
Darkness falls: Residences in Pejompongan, Central Jakarta, are seen in total darkness on Sunday. Electricity transmission disruptions caused a major blackout for several hours in Greater Jakarta and parts of West and Central Java on Sunday.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Darkness falls: Residences in Pejompongan, Central Jakarta, are seen in total darkness on Sunday. Electricity transmission disruptions caused a major blackout for several hours in Greater Jakarta and parts of West and Central Java on Sunday.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)A massive power outage affecting millions of people in the western part of Java on Sunday plunged the capital into chaos, forcing train operators to disembark passengers and ordinary citizens to direct traffic at intersections. The blackout — the largest in more than two decades — began at 11:50 a.m. in Jakarta and lasted for more than six hours, leaving most of the city’s buildings in darkness as night descended. Commuter train services and the MRT were severely disrupted by the outage, with some passengers forced to disembark when trains suddenly stopped underground. The MRT had to get passengers off four trains on lines...