Several cities in Argentina, including Buenos Aires, were left in the dark on Wednesday afternoon.
According to BBC News, a fire that hit the country’s national electricity grid caused a significant power outage that affected more than half of the country.
The fire started in a field, damaging vital power cables and shutting down an entire nuclear power plant.
A warmth that has led to a drought in the area coincided with the outage. Argentina is amid summer when daytime highs have been around 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
The National Meteorological Service claims that since records were kept in 1906, this summer in Buenos Aires has been the hottest.
Now, a large portion of the region is at a stop due to the heat and the loss of power.
Both classes and companies have been canceled. Many people are compelled to live without refrigerators or air conditioning.
The Buenos Aires region still has an estimated 150,000 people without power.
The energy ministry declares its confidence in the prompt restoration of power.
In 2019, “a huge failure in the electrical connecting infrastructure” left millions of people without electricity in Argentina and the neighboring country of Uruguay.
Following a fire in a substation in 2020, hundreds of thousands of houses in Buenos Aires were left without power.