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Power outages began on Tuesday in Kazakhstan's largest city of Alma-Ata and the Alma-Ata region, news portal reports.

"There are power outages in Almaty and Almaty region. Kazakhstan's citizens write in social networks that the southern regions of the country were also left without power," the report said.

According to the Alma-Ata administration, the outage was caused by Kazakhstan's Kegok Electricity Grid Management Company. "The voltage in the network dropped, the automatic frequency unloading systems at the substations of JSC Alatau Zharyk Company [regional power transmission company] went off. Reconnection work has begun," the city authorities explained.

In Kyrgyzstan a TASS correspondent reports that most of Bishkek is de-energized and there is no electricity in the second-largest city of Osh and several other cities. In Bishkek, the heating is turned off and there is no water in some areas.

In the capital, many users do not have working mobile Internet. As the correspondent reports, the usual smoke is not visible from the chimney of the capital's thermal power plant. The reasons for the incident have not yet been explained by the state authorities.

Social networks say that there is no electricity in Osh, as well as in the regional center of Naryn and a number of settlements in the Chuy region.

ATMs and cashless payment terminals in stores stopped working in Bishkek. Also, due to the lack of internet, banks stopped conducting transactions.

The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan also reported power outages in several regions of the country.

"Today, January 25, at 11:00 a.m. there was a major power outage in some regions of the country. Experts are now working to fix the malfunction," the statement said.

As explained in the department, part of the country remained de-energized because of the power outages that occurred in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as the three countries are connected to a single power grid.


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