Here is what we saw through our electrician eyes as we travelled from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
An illegal hookup to the powerline to siphon power
Power theft is a major cause of concern in Nepal and other countries in South Asia. Australia has also seen rising cases of power theft in the past few years as electricity costs have skyrocketed. In Queensland alone, customers siphoning electricity through dangerous illegal homemade hook-ups was estimated to cost about $30 million in 2008. The practice is unsafe and also burdens honest customers with rising prices.
How NOT to connect wires: Dangerous open wiring against the backdrop of a Himalayan mountain
While there, we read stories in the local newspapers of injury/deaths by electrocution through coming in contact with naked live wires or short circuit in a home water pump and so on. Such injuries and fatalities are even more sad being preventable.
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