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Scenes From India's Power Outage

The collapse of three of India’s five electricity grids on Tuesday left more than half the country’s 1.2 billion population without power.

It was the second day of blackouts, following the failure of the power grid across northern Indiathat left more than 300 million people without electricity Monday. The government blamed a spike in power demand that tripped an already stretched transmission system.

The two blackouts left commuters stranded on roads and train lines and forced hospitals to turn to generators to keep operations going. The size of the outages were stunning even for Indians, who are long used to power blackouts. By Wednesday, most of the power had been restored,but according to analysts the outage could impact growth and the country's credit rating.

Click ahead to see images from India's power blackout.

By Rajeshni Naidu-GhelaniPosted August 1, 2012

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