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Kenya suffers nationwide blackout caused by rogue monkey

MONKEYING AROUND: The monkey appeared to be a vervet monkey, which is native to Kenya[Photo credit: KenGen Kenya]

A LONE monkey caused a nationwide blackout in Kenya after falling on to a crucial piece of electrical equipment.

The monkey fell on a transformer at the Gitaru hydroelectric power station yesterday (Jun 7), electricity provider KenGen said in a statement.

The transformer then tripped, resulting in the loss of 180 megawatts of power and triggering a blackout across Kenya, reported the BBC.

Power was restored almost four hours later and the monkey survived its adventure, KenGen added.

It has now been taken in by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

"KenGen power installations are secured by electric fencing which keeps away marauding wild animals," the statement said.

"We regret this isolated incident and the company is looking at ways of further enhancing security at all our power plants."

The Business Daily Africa website reported that businesses bore the brunt of Tuesday's blackout.

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