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Widespread blackouts hit Brazil

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Power is being restored in many parts of Brazil after a four hour blackout plunged major cities including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro into darkness.

All of neighbouring Paraguay was also left without power for a period of around 15 minutes.

The blackout came after a large hydroelectric plant which supplies energy both to Brazil and Paraguay went offline. The dam's owner later blamed problems with the transmission grid.

Gary Duffy reports.

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