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Metro, mall plunged in darkness

A MAJOR electric cable malfunctioned last night, disabling three transformer substations in downtown Shanghai that plunged residents in Jing'an, Putuo, Huangpu, and Xuhui districts into darkness.

Residential and commercial areas and Metro stations in downtown Shanghai were without power for more than 90 minutes due to the power failure, authorities said.

Some Metro Line 2 passengers were trapped inside carriages while customers of department stores in some areas of Jing'an, Huangpu and Xuhui districts were trapped in elevators due to the blackout.

Traffic lights were also out.

No one was reported injured as of last night and it was unclear how many people were affected by the blackout.

The power failure happened about 8:37pm when Jing'an Temple Station and Nanjing Road W. Station on Line 2 lost power along with landmark New World Department Store, according to the State Grid.

An elevator was stuck in New World Department Store during the power outage.

People were stopped from entering Metro stations from Zhongshan Park to East Nanjing Road due to the blackout.

Weibo users posted photos of themselves trapped in Metro trains.

One weibo user said some angry passengers started kicking the doors while others urinated on the floor after being stuck on a carriage for more than 45 minutes.

Entertainment venues were also hit by the blackout.

"We were watching a movie and the whole cinema suddenly went dark," Yu Shijing told Shanghai Daily.

"We had to be evacuated and then I saw my friend updated her WeChat saying she was trapped on a subway train on Line 2 and I thought I'd better take the bus home," Yu added.

Police and firefighters said they had received more than 50 reports of residents being trapped in elevators.

The power was back on by 9:46pm, the State Grid said and apologized for the incident.

Shanghai Children's Hospital on Beijing Road had its emergency services affected by the blackout for around 10 minutes but backup generators restored power quickly. Children and their parents at the hospital remained calm.

Most residents and office workers in Jing'an also stayed calm and tried to help each other by sharing flashlights or using their mobile phones for some light.

Restaurants on Fuming Road lit candles and remained open.


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