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Amsterdam and nearby towns in chaos after power cut

NewsBy Karl Doyle
Schiphol Airport, which is a major international transport hub, has been badly affected
Schiphol Airport, which is a major international transport hub, has been badly affected

Transport in Amsterdam and surrounding Netherlands towns has been thrown into chaos by a major power cut.

The outage halted trains and trams and affected flights to Schiphol Airport.

Schiphol said in a tweet that it is running on emergency power but flight schedules have been "seriously disrupted", and have just reported that all flights for today are cancelled.

Dutch electricity network administrator Tennet said a large part of North Holland province, which is home to some 2.7 million people, was hit by the power cut.

It said the cause was an outage at a high-voltage power station in the town of Diemen, just outside Amsterdam.

The national railway service said no trains are running in and around Amsterdam.