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Power outages paralyze life in south Indian state hit by protests against splitting it into 2

Widespread power cuts and a strike by government employees opposed to the creation of a new state have crippled life in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Most districts in Andhra Pradesh were in darkness after nearly 30,000 power workers went on strike to protest the decision to cleave the state into two and carve out a new state of Telangana. Hundreds of thousands of government employees opposed to the division are also on strike in the state.

Trains, water supply and cellular phone services have been hit. Hospital and emergency services were running on generators Tuesday.

Police clamped a curfew on Vijayanagaram after violence erupted in the town.

Andhra Pradesh's top elected official has urged scrapping the decision to split the state and talks to resolve the crisis.