20 villages in Mrauk U face drinking water shortage

Around 20 flood-affected villages in Mrauk U Township, Rakhine State, are facing a shortage of drinking water, according to civic organisations and local residents.

Phyo Wai from CARE said: “The smell of the water in some villages is foul. We can only drink water after treating it with water treatment machines.  We may face a severe water shortage this coming summer because there are not enough water treatment machines to accommodate the entire population of these villages. Our team has supplied small treatment machines, but more are still needed.”

Kyaw Phyu, the administrator of Thinbawseik Village, said: “We cannot use water that has not been treated. Villagers are facing drinking a water shortage due to the insufficient number of water treatment machines. We may face a greater water shortage problem in the summer. Other villages are experiencing similar problems.”

Dirty water flowed into reserves of drinking water when the villages were hit by floods last July.