Power blackout hits Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania and Croatia’s Adriatic coast

A man refreshes himself with beer during the first summer heatwave this year in Barbana near Ulcinj, Montenegro, Wed. [Stevo Vasiljevic/Reuters]

Montenegro, Bosnia and most of Croatia's Adriatic coast where temperatures approached 40 degrees Celcius, experienced a major power blackout on Friday, according to Montenegro power distributor CEDIS and local media.

"Almost the entire area of Montenegro is without power due to network outages," CEDIS said on its Facebook page.

A Reuters reporter said the capital Sarajevo and the cities of Banja Luka and Mostar were without electricity. Local media reported a blackout across the country.

Croatia's HEP power utility said that the outage in parts of the country had been caused by "an international disturbance that affected several countries."

"The Croatian transmission system operator is conducting an analysis with the system operators of neighboring countries to determine the cause."

HEP said it had put its production capacities into full operation...

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