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Argentina's power grid collapsed Sunday morning plunging the entire country into a massive blackout we were just with my eighty four year old grandmother and we had to help her down the stairs because the elevator wasn't working everything is closed and there's no movement in the street but you have to keep going in with no Saturdays street lights shops and subways all cut off from power if you get a note of the subways aren't even working you can even recharger transit car to ride the bus and you can't get around if you don't have a car the outage spilled across borders into order away and Paraguay leaving tens of millions of people without electricity Argentine president Mauricio Mochrie call the blackout unprecedented and promised a thorough investigation he said power was restored to about half of Argentina by mid afternoon but had no explanation for what caused the failure the father's day blackout hobbled public transportation cut off water supplies and crippled phone and internet communications several provinces were forced to temporarily delayed local elections slated for Sunday the blackout comes amid a deepening economic crisis in Argentina that is left nearly a third of the country in poverty prompting mass protests