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Blackouts bedevil Bangladesh as South Asia forex worries mount

Echoing Sri Lanka and Pakistan, woes blamed on Ukraine war and falling reserves

A woman fans a baby by candlelight during a recent blackout in Bangladesh. (Photo by Mahmud Hossain Opu)

DHAKA -- Bangladesh is sinking deeper into a power crisis that has alarming echoes of the electricity woes seen in its politically and economically troubled South Asian neighbors Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Blackouts due to load shedding -- when utilities interrupt some electricity supply to avoid overstretching their capacity -- have become increasingly common as the country struggles to import enough fuel for its power plants amid rising international prices. This is undercutting claims by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government that it had solved the power deficiency that once plagued the nation.

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