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Trams stop, museums close as power cut hits Amsterdam

AFP  |  The Hague 

- Amsterdam's bustling city centre was hit by a major power cut today, closing down museums and bringing trams to a halt, the Dutch capital's power network provider said.

The city centre "experienced a large power cut around 11.00 am after an was cut during excavations" just south of Amsterdam's historical canal belt, announced on its website.

"Some 28,000 households are without power," it said.

Amsterdam's famous Rijksmuseum was evacuated and will remain closed together with the nearby Alard Pierson Museum, reports added.

Elsewhere on the city's famous Museum Square, the and of modern art however remain open to the public, Dutch reported.

Bystanders at the Rijksmuseum posted images on of a heavy police presence at the museum, which has priceless artworks such as Rembrandt's famous 17th century painting The Night Watch.

Elsewhere, pedestrians tweeted pictures of lines of stationary trams with one person saying "Line of trams from the Spui to .. no ordinary sight."

Many shops have also closed up and those open were only doing cash transactions, the added.

said its technicians "are working to restore power, but we cannot say how long this may still take."

The Dutch capital attracts some 17 million tourists per year and many of them visit Amsterdam's central and historic canal belt and famous red-light district.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 22:15 IST