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Mar 27, 2015

10:22:03 GMT--Power Outage - Europe - Netherlands

EDIS Number: PW-20150327-47512-NLD

Date / time: 27/03/2015 10:20:04 [UTC]

Event: Power Outage

Area: Europe

Country: Netherlands

State/County: North Holland

Location: Amsterdam

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


Hospitals, trains, trams and the metro have all been affected by a power outage in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. The electricity network operator, Tennet, said the outage was caused by a grid "overload" at a high-voltage power station in the town of Diemen. There are traffic jams across the capital as a result of traffic lights turning off, and the electric-powered tram system is at a standstill. The ANP news agency said the outage covers large parts of the province of North Holland, including the nearby broadcasting centre of Hilversum. Schiphol airport has switched to backup power, an airport spokesman said, and flights have been cancelled or diverted to regional airports.

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