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Thirst in North Darfur's Zamzam camp

June 21 - 2016 EL FASHER
New arrivals at Zamzam camp for the displaced near El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)
New arrivals at Zamzam camp for the displaced near El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)

Displaced people in Zamzam camp in North Darfur say there is not enough drinking water for the entire camp's population. Some residents are unable to pay the high water prices that resulted from the shortage.

A source in Zamzam camp, near El Fasher, reported to Radio Dabanga that less than 30 out of 79 pumps are operative. “They are broken down and there is the problem of a scarcity of surface water. Local authorities should speed up finding a solution by digging wells.”

He pointed out that these pumps do not provide enough water for the residents of the camp, totaling 235,000 people. The people spend long times in queues without getting enough water, according to the source.

The price of a barrel of water ranges between 20 and 25 Sudanese pounds ($3.30-$4.10).

Districts in El Fasher city also witness a water shortage and outages of the electric supply during Ramadan.


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