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Schiphol airport disruption after Amsterdam power cut

Travellers wait at Schiphol Airport, on 27 March 2015 during a major power cut Image copyright AFP
Image caption Arrivals boards at Schiphol Airport went blank

A major power cut hit Amsterdam and surrounding towns, causing all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport to be temporarily cancelled.

Dutch electricity network administrator TenneT said a significant part of North Holland province, home to some 2.7 million people, was affected.

The operator later said power had been restored.

But incoming flights were still being diverted from Schiphol airport - one of Europe's busiest terminals.

The hub was forced to run on emergency power, as the cut caused widespread disruption.

It was triggered by a "technical fault" at a substation in the Amsterdam suburb of Diemen, TenneT said on Twitter.

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Image caption Traffic lights stopped working causing travel disruption in the Netherlands

It said its engineers were working hard to fix the problem.

Public transport across the Netherlands was affected, with trains cancelled and passengers stuck in lifts, trams and subways, according to reports.

Hospitals were operating on backup power, NOS public television said.

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