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A BLACKOUT AFFECTS 70 MILLION CITIZENS IN HUNDREDS OF BRAZILIAN CITIES

Sao Paulo / A blackout left no electricity supply to more than a hundred cities in at least thirteen states in the north and northeast of Brazil, affecting about 70 million people, official sources said.

The failure occurred in a circuit breaker of a substation in Xingu, in the state of Pará (North), which caused the automatic disconnection in various transmission lines, National Operator of the Electrical System (ONS) said in a statement.

The problem was registered at 15.40 local time (18.40 GMT) and affected 22.5% of the country’s total energy demand, with a “load reduction” of 18,000 megawatts.

The general director of the ONS, Luiz Eduardo Barata Ferreira, reported that around 70 million people were affected by the blackout after registering “practically a collapse of the system” in the northeast region.

In the states of Amazonas, Amapá, Pará, Maranhao and Tocantins, in the northern region, the “process of re-composition” of electricity was resumed, although in the northeastern states only 50% of the “re-composition” was so far the cargo, according to the ONS.

Also, the problem of transmission was reflected in some regions of the south and southeast of the country, such as Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Santa Catarina, which also suffered a partial lack of supply due to an interruption of energy for security reasons, explained the ONS.

The fault left traffic signaling out of most of the cities of the north and northeast region, the poorest in Brazil, as well as some metro and train services, while some businesses were forced to close their doors. (March 22, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que…
A
no hubo ningún problema con el suministro eléctrico en Brasil.
B
el apagón que hubo en Brasil solo afectó a unas pocas ciudades.
C
millones de personas se quedaron sin luz en Brasil.
Question 2
Según el texto…
A
este apagón afectó por igual a todo el país.
B
la zona norte del país fue la más afectada.
C
no hubo problemas con la luz en la zona norte del país.
Question 3
Según ONS, se produjo la desconexión de varias líneas de transmisión.
A
En absoluto.
B
No se sabe.
C
Así es.
Question 4
La ONS señaló que…
A
este apagón afectó a varias decenas de millones de personas.
B
el apagón afectó a cientos de millones de personas.
C
este apagón solo afectó a unas pocas decenas de miles de personas.
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Algunas tiendas tuvieron que cerrar a causa de este apagón.
A
Claro que sí.
B
Para nada.
C
¡Quien sabe!
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