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A massive blackout hits Panama three days after the Pope's arrival



A big blackout hit Panama this Sunday, three days after the arrival of Pope Francis on the occasion of World Youth Day – 2019, confirming the authorities.

Shops in the dark and inactive traffic lights dominated the city of Panama at noon, said the AFP.

"An event was presented in the integrated national system that involved the electricity service in different sectors of the country, and the teams are working to restore the service as soon as possible," reported Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica, SA (ETESA) on Twitter.

ETESA, without specifying the causes of the electrical fault, stressed that the service started to be "gradually" restored.

In his twenty-sixth journey since he was appointed Pope at the beginning of 2013, with 40 countries visited, Francisco will be in Panama from Wednesday until next Sunday, January 27th.

It is the first visit of a pontiff in the Caribbean country since 1983, when John Paul II was a day as part of a tour in Central America.

The participation of at least 200,000 pilgrims is scheduled for World Youth Day.


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