The government of Bangladesh has announced that it has launched a crackdown on electricity theft amid a drought and a heatwave, and with the country desperately trying to increase its power generating capacity to meet demand.

Special squads have been set up by the Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority to sever the illegal electricity connections, many of which are to be found in and around the slums of the capital Dhaka.

Around 40 per cent of Dhaka’s population of nine million live in slums and have no legal power supply. However many people take electricity illegally from the national system.

The country has a total generating capacity of 2000 MWe and a demand for 2400 MWe.