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Cable theft leaves Playa del Carmen in near blackout

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Theft of cable wire was the cause of a power outage that affected most of Playa del Carmen over the weekend. The blackout, which lasted several hours, left nearly 11,000 in the dark Sunday morning.

After investigating the cause, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) issued a statement saying “acts of vandalism carried out at 2:50 a.m. on June 20, to the CFE underground network near the Mayakoba Substation in the Municipality of Solidaridad led to the suspension of service to almost 11,000 users.”

Repairs were successful in restoring service to a majority of the affected areas, however, the CFE said that although they were able to restore service to 92 percent of the affected areas, the subdivisions of Guadalupana, Rea del Sol, Santa Fe and Julio 28 Avenue were without electricity.

“Derived from the complexity of the work that is being carried out due to the damage caused to the infrastructure, we continue with the replacement of the driver and various works from the same morning, to leave all services 100 percent recovered by the afternoon today,” the statement read.