Over a third of Vietnam as well as the capital of neighbouring Cambodia suffered a blackout this week after a crane operator knocked a tree onto a key power line, electricity officials said Thursday.
Workers on a construction site in Ho Chi Minh City, on April 22, 2009. Vietnam's inflation rate, which rocketed to 23 percent last year, could drop to just 6 percent this year as the global economic crisis hits demand, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam
Twenty-two of Vietnam's southern provinces -- out of a nationwide total of 63 -- lost power for a few hours on Wednesday afternoon including the southern commercial centre of Ho Chi Minh City, according to the state electricity provider.
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