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Nearly half a century of isolation leaves Yangon in tatters

Reuters reports:

Yellow and orange diesel generators, some as big as buses, are ubiquitous, symbols of a failing power grid behind the city of about 5 million people that accounts for a quarter of Myanmar's economic activity.

"Sometimes the power is cut and sometimes it's regular. We're used to it," said 71-year-old Abdullah Mingala, an ethnic Indian Burmese who was born and raised in Yangon and who makes a living renting out a pickup truck and a sedan as taxis.

"The best thing about the city is its weather and people. The weather is not too hot and everyone is simple and friendly and open."

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