Turkey hit by nationwide power cut

Turkey hit by nationwide power cut

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A nationwide power cut hit Turkey today causing massive disruption.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned of “considerable disruption” to transport across the country.

The cut affected power stations and public transport, including Istanbul's tram and metro systems.

The Turkish Electricity Transmission company said only 15% of Istanbul and Ankara had power by early afternoon local time.

Power was lost from 10.36am this morning.

Prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said all possible causes are being examined, including terrorism.

The failure hit at 10:36 (07:36 GMT) on Tuesday morning.

Turkish TV reported that power had been re-established in the cities of Edirne, Tekirdag, Erzurum and Trabzon.

"Our main target right now is to restore the network. This is not an incident that we see frequently." energy minister Taner Yildiz told Turkish media.

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