17 JUN 2019: A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay on Sunday in what the Argentine president called an “unprecedented” failure in the countries' power grid. Authorities worked frantically to restore power, but 12 hours after the country went dark, more than a quarter of Argentina's 44 million people were still without power and the cause of the outage remained unclear.

As the sun rose over the darkened country, Argentine voters were forced to cast ballots by the light of cellphones in gubernatorial elections.

“This is an unprecedented case that will be investigated thoroughly,” Argentine President Mauricio Macri said on Twitter.

Argentina's power grid is generally known for being in a state of disrepair, with substations and cables that were insufficiently upgraded as power rates remained largely frozen for years.

The Argentinian news site Infobae reported that the power cut stopped trains and subway service.

Flights were operating normally, and two airports in Buenos Aires ran on generators.

Guillermo Wade, the manager for the Port and Maritime Activities Chamber said the ports were out of service for a few hours.

By mid-afternoon, power had been restored to most of Uruguay's 3 million people.

Paraguay’s National Energy Administration said service was restored by afternoon by redirecting energy from an hydroelectric plant the country shares with neighbouring Brazil.

By late Sunday power had been restored to Argentina.

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