Amsterdam streets left dark in streetlight outing

Streetlights not working in Haarlemmerbuurt, Amsterdam, 24 Jan 2017
Streetlights not working in Haarlemmerbuurt, Amsterdam, 24 Jan 2017Photo: @netevenleuker / Twitter

Darkness reigned on many Amsterdam streets on Tuesday night in an outing that seemed to only affect the streetlights. Streetlights in neighborhoods Oost, Osdorp, West and Haarlemmerbuurt, among others, were not working.

A spokesperson for the Amsterdam municipality told Het Parool that street lighting in the entire city was experiencing problem. The cause of the outing is unclear, but most streets had light again after a few hours. 

On Tuesday morning last week Amsterdam and surrounding areas was hit with a massive power outage that affected some 350 thousand homes and lasted for several hours. It wreaked havoc with train traffic for the entire day. Three elderly people died during the outage, and the Amsterdam municipality is investigating whether they passed away due to the outage. In two cases relatives struggled to get hold of the emergency services. 

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