Somali Villagers Fear Dying Of Thirst As Cas To Buy Water Runs Out In Mudug

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Saturday April 22, 2017 - 01:36:14 in News In English by Central Office. Office
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    Somali Villagers Fear Dying Of Thirst As Cas To Buy Water Runs Out In Mudug

    Source : Radio Ergo - 449 Words Families in Lasa-Adale village, 20 km east of Galkayo town in northern Somalia's drought-hit Mudug region, say they do not have enough water for the next few days because they have run out of cash. Awil Ahmed K

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Source : Radio Ergo - 449 Words Families in Lasa-Adale village, 20 km east of Galkayo town in northern Somalia's drought-hit Mudug region, say they do not have enough water for the next few days because they have run out of cash. Awil Ahmed Khayr's family of eight ran out of water two days ago and are depending on their neighbours for just enough drink water to keep them alive. "I fear we might die of thirst," Awil told Radio Ergo. "Getting water is difficult for the people in the village now and those who still have a little left don't have even enough to survive beyond tomorrow. We request Galmudug administration to start trucking water urgently to the village."

Since the hand-dug wells in the area dried up in early March, the 70 families in the village and other nomadic herders whose animals used to drink from the wells have been buying water on credit from commercial truckers. Commercial trucks bringing water from Do’ol village 20 km away were selling a 200 litre barrel for $3 (80,000 Somali shillings) in Lasa-Adale. One whole 10,000 litre truckload therefore sold for $150.

However, the businessmen, who are not from the village, have refused to sell any more water before the local residents pay their debts. They have to cover their fuel and other costs and say it is not clear when and how the villagers, who are poor, will be able to repay what they have borrowed.

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