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Tue Apr 14, 2020, 03:31 PM

Ugandan floating island causes national power cut

A huge floating island in Lake Victoria triggered a nationwide blackout in Uganda after clogging a turbine in a hydroelectric power station.

"It was at least two acres, almost two football size pitches," an official, Simon Kasyate, told the BBC.

The outage caused a broadcast by President Yoweri Museveni on the Covid-19 crisis to be delayed by an hour.

Lake Victoria, which is shared by three East African countries, has for decades been invaded by water hyacinth.


A presidential broadcast delayed by rebellious nature? The USA can only dream ...

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