Drinking water crisis felt across Sudan

Kassala residents in eastern Sudan have complained about an unprecedented drinking water crisis. Hammour Hussein told Radio Dabanga that most of the city’s neighbourhoods are witnessing a complete lack of water supply. The price of a barrel of water now ranges between SDG 1,000 and 1,500.

Hussein attributes the water crisis to the increase in population density, and the government neglecting to remove sand and silt, which hinders groundwater recharge. He referred to the citizens’ repeated demands to link the city’s water supply to the Atbara and Setit dams, and warned said that the large consumption of groundwater as drinking water will affect the horticultural sector. Several orchards have already dried-up.

In the Red Sea State, the drinking water crisis is continuing continued in various neighbourhoods of Port Sudan. Mayor Mohamed Abdelkader told Radio Dabanga that the price of jerrycans of water ranges from SDG 500 in some neighbourhoods to SDG 1,000 in other neighbourhoods. He attributed the crisis to the spread of water basins in and outside neighbourhoods, which impedes the access of water to the various neighbourhoods.

Abdelkader accused the water management in the state of failure and mismanagement, pointing out “illegal approvals of the main water line coming from Arbaat”. He called for the prevention of basins. He said that the solutions proposed by providing a desalination plant at sea will not succeed in the presence of the current administration.

The official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported that the office of the Chief of Staff of the Sudan Armed Forces sent a support convoy to Red Sea state on Saturday, that comprises a number of drinking water tankers.

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