Major power outage in India

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(AP) – A blackout in northern India today has affected 370 million people at its peak — and that’s more than the population of the United States and Canada combined.

But the impact was softened by the fact that people in India are familiar with blackouts of varying degrees.

Hospitals and major businesses have backup generators that kick in during power cuts, and upscale homes are hooked to backup systems powered by truck batteries.

Meanwhile, Indian officials say 47 people were killed and some 28 others were burned when fire broke out on an overnight train in the southern part of the country.

Some victims were still in their sleeping quarters.

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