Approximately 600 million people in India lost power last week in one of the world’s worst-ever blackouts.
Aug. 3, 2012 Illegal tapping of electricity in Pauli, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, by shopkeepers and residents along a narrow, one-lane rural highway. Two men, Pawan and Jawwad, balance a bamboo pole to hook their wire illegally to the electric lines overhead. Theft of power in states like Uttar Pradesh is very high, in some places as high as 70 percent, bankrupting utilities. Rama Lakshmi/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo