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Reduced fuel shares exacerbate Zam Zam water shortages

May 30 - 2012 Zam Zam camp

Water shortages in Zam Zam camp for displaced people are getting worse as the local authority is reducing the fuel shares needed to operate the water stations.

An activist from Zam Zam told Radio Dabanga that the camp residents are facing a water crisis as the authorties have reduced the fuel quota for water stations manned by UNICEF and at other privately owned stations.

He said the crisis has increased the price of a barrel of water to 10-12 Sudanese pounds inside the camp, and aggravated long queues in front of the eight UNICEF stations, which are only operating for three hours a day.

The activist appealed to local authorities to increase the fuel to Zam Zam and provide permits for commercial water stations.

He also called for UNICEF to increase its water stations to cover the high level of demand.

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