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Drinking water disrupted in Port Sudan, West Kordofan

May 20 - 2016 PORT SUDAN / EL ODEYA
Residents of Baraka, El Sunut (West Kordofan) look up to a water tower that has run empty in May 2016 (RD)
Residents of Baraka, El Sunut (West Kordofan) look up to a water tower that has run empty in May 2016 (RD)

Districts in Port Sudan have been coping with an increase in water and power outages. Drinking water scarcity in West Kordofan has resulted in a steep price for a barrel of water.

Most areas in the state capital of Red Sea in eastern Sudan lack drinking water services, and residents rely on donkey carts for drinking water supply, amid soaring prices for water.

Journalist Osman Hashim told Radio Dabanga that the colour and taste of the water from the taps has changed. “Many people fear that they might suffer from celiac disease.”

He said there are power outages in Port Sudan that continue for hours.

People have attributed drinking water pollution in Baghdad area, home to more than 400 people, to the water that is fetched by tankers from basins that lack the proper sterilisation process.

They demand the authorities to plan Baghdad, which was founded more than 30 years ago, and start providing basic services such as water and electricity.

West Kordofan

Residents of El Odeya locality have complained of water scarcity and a lack of health services in their area.

Villagers of Sabil told Radio Dabanga that they are constantly in search of water. The scarcity led to a steep price for water: a barrel of water has amounted to SDG30 ($4.90).

In addition, people have to travel to En Nahud, the capital of West Kordofan, for SDG500 ($81.30) in order to receive health services.

They called on the authorities in West Kordofan to improve their situation and establish a health centre in El Odeya.


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