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Power cuts, drinking water crisis in eastern Sudan

May 19 - 2015 PORT SUDAN / El GEDAREF
People collect water from a well in Kabkabiya, North Darfur (file photo)
People collect water from a well in Kabkabiya, North Darfur (file photo)

The people living in Port Sudan are suffering from long daily power cuts since one month. In El Gedaref state, also in eastern Sudan, villagers are complaining of an acute drinking water crisis.

“The eastern Sudanese authorities are totally indifferent towards the conditions the citizens have to live in, especially during the hot summer season,” a listener told Radio Dabanga from Port Sudan, capital of Red Sea state.

“The only justification is that the electricity lines needed maintenance. This may last for two, three, or maybe five days, but we do not understand why it takes more than one month,” he said.


In Gala’ El Nahal locality, El Gedaref state, the residents of Kartout and El Areed villages complain about thirst since the water sources dried up.

“We have to make do without water since three days,” a villager told Radio Dabanga from Kartout on Monday. “The wells and the water cisterns we created during the past rainy season are entirely depleted.”

He appealed to the authorities of the locality to “immediately intervene” and provide drinking water to the affected.


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