Myanmar's power struggle – Blackouts are common in Myanmar due to an old and neglected energy network that only reaches a quarter of the country's population of 60 million people. Aye Kyaing (L), who rents out a pool table in the front room of his house in Yangon, says the situation has already improved.
Myanmar's power struggle – Two lights cast a mild glow; a strip light and a single bulb are suspended over the game.
Myanmar's power struggle – A small candle sits on the kitchen bench for when the lights go out. Supplying energy to an extra 45 million people is one of the biggest challenges the country is facing as it embraces democracy after decades of military rule.
Myanmar's power struggle – Even in the largest city of Yangon, only 67% of people are connected to the grid. The rest rely on diesel generators and batteries. Some poorer neighborhoods receive as little as one hour of electricity a day.