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Animals die of thirst in Tabit, North Darfur

March 3 - 2016 TABIT
Women collect water manually from the only well in Kuma Garadayat, North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Women collect water manually from the only well in Kuma Garadayat, North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

The shortage of water in the area of Tabit in Tawila locality, North Darfur, has led to the death of about 150 donkeys and sheep.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a listener reported from Tabit that the water crisis is caused by the lack of water sources. “We all have to make do with a single water well in the area. Moreover, the pump operates for a limited times during the day.”

He said that two other sources are inoperative as the pump engines have broken down. “This and the influx of large numbers of newly displaced from Jebel Marra exacerbated the problem. About 150 donkeys and sheep have already died of thirst.

“The military forces stationed at Tabit have priority over the well. They do not permit the pump to be operated at night.

“The well is open to the people for four hours only in the morning, which means that we have to queue for hours to get water to drink, wash, water livestock, and irrigate the kitchen gardens,” he explained.


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