Massive power cut hits Saint Petersburg: reports

20th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia's second city Saint Petersburg was hit by a massive power cut Friday, affecting areas including the city centre as well as metro stations, reports said.

Lights went out on the city's famous Nevsky Prospekt, one of the longest city streets in the world, and trolleybuses halted in the middle of the road as the electricity cut.

The lights also went out in metro stations and delays for an unspecified period were being announced, the Interfax news agency and NTV television channel said.

The local news site said the local branch of the emergencies ministry had confirmed that almost all areas of the city had been left without electricity.

However its international airport, Pulkovo, was working normally.

There was no further official comment or indication of the cause of the cut.

© 2010 AFP

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