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Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan hit by power blackouts

Outages blamed on disconnected line due to 'emergency imbalances'

High-tension power lines in Kazakhstan: The country, rocked by recent political unrest, has been hit by a widespread blackout along with its neighbors.   © Reuters

ALMATY (Reuters) -- The central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan suffered electrical power outages in major cities on Tuesday, according to authorities and residents, after a major power line in Kazakhstan was disconnected.

The grids of the three ex-Soviet republics are interconnected, and via Kazakhstan are linked to the Russian power grid which they can use to cover unexpected shortages.

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