Electricity is being slowly restored to Darwin

AUSTRALIA'S most northern capital is slowly returning to the modern age, as electricity is slowly returned to Darwin.

A power station breakdown at 1.20am on Wednesday was keeping much of the town in the dark, although parts of the central business district had power by late yesterday.

Traffic lights across the city also went dark, as Deputy Chief Minister Dave Tollner urged citizens to keep their cool, despite a lack of air-conditioning.

Emergency services responded to a number of fires as a result of shoddy gas cooking equipment, while schools, government offices and health centres were closed.

The Royal Darwin Hospital, however, remained open.

There was not yet any word on when power would be fully restored although the territory's Power and Water utility has been providing updates via its website.

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