Rolling blackout

“A rolling blackout, also referred to as rotational load shedding or feeder rotation, is an intentionally engineered electrical power shutdown where electricity delivery is stopped for non-overlapping periods of time over different parts of the distribution region.”

That’s what wikipedia says and what it effectively means is that all of Kathmandu has power for less than half a day only. The blackout times vary and a handy little app helps keeping track of when the power will be back on.


The mobile network is not affected, fortunately. A consequence of the general low availability of power is that street lights are scarce and the streets accordingly dark at night.

Most houses around here don’t have any form of heating, which makes for rather fresh nights with 5°-7° temperatures. In the morning everybody huddles in the sun, taking in the warmth.


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