Left: The dried up Umiam Lake, the main source of power generation in Meghalaya. The water level at Umaim Lake on Saturday was 3168.40 feet at about 12.30 pm. This steep drop in the water level is one of main reasons for the current power crisis in state which has led to long and frustrating load shedding hours since the Umiam Hydro Electric Power Project, which is fed by the lake water, is unable to generate power at its peak for long hours.
Right: The load shedding at odd hours has affected everyone, more so the small shops especially during evening hours. Here, a fruit shop in Laitumkhrah creatively uses pomegranate to illuminate his shop and fruits during load shedding.