Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

29 July 2014

Sudan: South Darfur Camp Without Water for More Than a Week

Otash Camp — The residents of the Otash camp for the displaced in Nyala locality, South Darfur, are suffering from an acute drinking water crisis for more than a week.

A camp sheikh reported to Radio Dabanga that the drinking water crisis is caused by a lack of fuel, required to operate the pumps. Several pumps broke down.

"The people now have to leave the camp to fetch unclean water from the neighbouring wells and valleys, which is not only time-consuming and tiring, but also dangerous because of all the militiamen in the area. Some displaced who can afford it, buy water. A jerry can of water now costs for SDG2 ($0.35)."

He urged the authorities to speed up the provision of fuel, and send technicians to repair the pumps.

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