Kenya blames a monkey for 3-hour nationwide blackout

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NAIROBI: Kenya’s power generation company says a monkey caused a three-hour nationwide blackout.

The Kenya Electricity Generation Company said in a statement on late Tuesday that a monkey climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru Power Station in central Kenya and fell onto a transformer, tripping it.

The company said this caused other machines in the station to trip, resulting in the loss of 180MW from the plant, triggering a national blackout. The statement did not say whether monkey survived.

The blackout lasted more than three hours on Tuesday before power was restored.

The company said that its facilities are fenced with an electric fence, and that this was an isolated incident.

 

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