fter two massive power grid failures left as many as 600 million Indians without power for two days, the Power Grid Corporation of India announced Tuesday that it had restored electricity to most of the areas that had gone dark. New Delhi was back at 100 percent, as was the northeastern region, while the northern region (which includes New Delhi) had an 80 percent power supply. Only 58 percent of power had been restored to the eastern region, however. Increased energy demand from farmers is partly to blame for the outages, experts say, because farmers are using more power for irrigation, partly because monsoon rains are down by more than one-fifth since the start of monsoon season on June 1. People are also using air conditioning units more to cope with high humidity.
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