We've had pretty bad blackouts here in New York before. Remember the Northeast power outage that hit in the summer of 2003? But I don't think any has been as bad as what the people of India are facing today.
According to the New York Times, "About 600 million people lost power in India on Tuesday when the country’s northern and eastern electricity grids failed, crippling the country for a second consecutive day." Included in the blackout is the capital city of New Delhi.
Although officials are saying the power failure occurred with no warning, hopefully police and citizens were ready with promotional flashlights and other emergency preparedness items on hand.
What's most troubling is the reason for the power outage is yet to be determined. However, Reuters reports that Sushilkumar Shinde, India's Power Minister, "blamed the system collapse on some states drawing more than their share of electricity from the over-burdened grid."