13/08/2008 Cold and dark winter?
A general frustration in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are the fast increasing prices for food and oil. But also water – and therefore electricity – is becoming a huge problem in the region. During July and August Kazakh farmers had to slaughter parts of their cattle, as continuously dry weather poses serious threat of losing the entire livestock. The winter of 2008 promises to be the hardest in decades as Kyrgyzstan is getting prepared to massive energy cuts in autumn and cold winter. Low river and reservoir levels and the need to save energy forced the government to introduce energy cuts in August and prohibit using electricity for heating.
Water could lead to fire, Radio Free Europe
No more Kyrgyz electricity to Ferghana Valley, NewEurasia
Kyrgyzstan denies using regional water resources, Ferghana.ru