Drought does not only mean thirst and failed crops. In Kyrgyzstan it also means blackouts:
The question of whether the country will be able to avoid major heat and electricity outages has become more pressing than ever. Due to the especially dry weather since the summer of 2007 the level of water in Toktogul reservoir, which supports the country’s hydro power plant, has been especially low.
To maintain water reserves for the heating and electricity needs of the cold winter season, the Kyrgyz government imposed electricity rationing in late August.