Four days without running water in sweltering Aleppo- UN

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More

Aug 09, – The UN children’s agency said that the fierce fighting that has rocked Aleppo in recent weeks had damaged the electricity networks needed to pump water supplies throughout the divided city.

without running water in syriaUp to two million people in Syria’s Aleppo have gone without running water for the past four days, the United Nations warned Tuesday, describing the situation as “catastrophic”.

“Children and families in Aleppo are facing a catastrophic situation,” Hanaa Singer, UNICEF’s representative in Syria, said in a statement.

“These cuts are coming amid a heatwave, putting children at a grave risk of waterborne diseases,” she said, stressing that “getting clean water running again cannot wait for the fighting to stop. Children’s lives are in serious danger.”

Temperatures in Aleppo were pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday, according to BBC Weather.

UNICEF pointed out that attacks on July 31 had struck the electricity transmission station which powered water pumping to the eastern and western parts of the city.

Authorities had urgently restored an alternative power line on August 4, only to see it damaged less than 24 hours later, with intense fighting hampering repair efforts.

“As a result, the whole city has been without running water for four days,” the UNICEF statement said.

The UN, which has called for an urgent “humanitarian pause” in the fighting in Aleppo to help trapped civilians, estimates that some two million people are in danger of coming under total siege.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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