The second large power outage in as many days in India left 600 million people without electricity and stranded 200 coal miners underground as they waited for power to return to the elevators and lifts on July 31.
The miners were stranded in three coal mines in West Bengal when a blackout affecting half the country cut off electricity to elevators in their underground pits, a mining company official said.
“We are waiting for the restoration of power to bring them up through the lifts, but there is no threat to their lives or any reason to panic,” said Nildari Roy, a senior official at the mines’ operator, Eastern Coalfields Ltd.
Half of India’s 1.2 billion people were without power on July 31 as the grids covering a dozen states broke down, the second major blackout in as many days and an embarrassment for the government as it struggles to revive economic growth.
The first power grid collapse, on July 30, was the country’s worst blackout in a decade. It affected seven states in northern India that are home to more than 350 million people.
But the failure on July 31 was even larger, hitting eastern and northeastern areas as well.
Both blackouts cut power in the Indian capital, New Delhi.