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Drinking water disruptions continue in Sudan's capital

June 12 - 2015 OMDURMAN
A mobile water tank in Khartoum, Sudan (file photo)
A mobile water tank in Khartoum, Sudan (file photo)

On Wednesday, the residents of Abu Sid in southern Omdurman closed off the entrance to Khartoum, in protest against the repeated disruptions of drinking water supply to their area for more than a year. Residents of Khartoum demonstrated against water outages in their neighbourhoods this week, too.

The people living in square 6 of Abu Sid prevented the vehicles coming from El Shigla, Abu Sid, Murabat and Salha from entering Khartoum through El Fitehab bridge. The protesters explained their cause, saying they have to buy a barrel of water for SDG50 ($8). The high price results in a shortage of water among the families, causing children to endure health problems.

Last week, dozens of women in El Kalakla Sanga’at district blocked the main road to the centre of Khartoum. The residents of El Azhari district in southern Khartoum also complained to Radio Dabanga about drinking water outages since several days on Thursday.

Shortage of oil among fuel stations

Khartoum also experiences a crisis in diesoline. Dozens of vehicles queue in long lines before the fuel stations. Some motorcycle drivers have confirmed the lack of diesoline in the majority of the fuel pumps in Sudan's capital.

A few said that they now buy diesoline from the black market for prices that range between SDG20 and 25 ($3.30-4.15).


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