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Power failure halts business on Huaihai Road M.

PART of the downtown Huangpu District was hit by a power outage this afternoon, disrupting business in office buildings and department stores on Huaihai Road M. The blackout mainly affected the area around the intersection of Huaihai Road and Maoming Road and was caused by equipment failure in an underground transformer substation, said the Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd. As of 3pm, power supply had been partly restored and it would take another hour to bring electricity to the whole area, the company said. The company said the breakdown of the 110,000-volt substation at 1:15pm was caused by an external force, but no details were given. The sudden blackout brought business to a halt in office buildings and department stores along the bustling Huaihai Road M. Economic losses are not immediately known.

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