Water outage in 12 villages in Egypt’s Delta since March
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CAIRO: A total of 12 villages in Delta’s Sharqia have been suffering from drinking water outages since March, forcing residents to depend on agriculture irrigation water and water contaminated with drainage waste, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Local residents in the villages, that are inhabited by more than 20, 000 people, called for the removal of Sharqia governor Khaled Said over the crisis.
There are two drinking water lines in the area of the villages, but no water goes through them, said Eid Mahmoud Ibrahim, one of the residents.
A group of people have spoken to the governor about allocating a piece of land to establish a water purification plant, but he did not care, said Abdel-Halim Ali Hussein, another resident.
He added that the residents have decided to protest Monday against the governor outside the administrative council of Awlad Sakr city. They also threatened to stage an open-ended sit-in if their demands are not met, he continued.
Egypt has been suffering from a water shortage crisis during the past few months as Nile levels have decreased. Water expert and former spokesperson for the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Khaled Wasif, told The Cairo Post last week that each year Egypt sees a water shortage in the months of June, July, and August, adding that the drought Egypt suffers is related to the Nile flood that has decreased over the past four years.
Egypt’s crisis comes amid the ongoing construction of the Egyptian Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, one of the Nile’s artilleries. Egypt voiced its concerns as the dam could negatively affect its 55-cubic meter share of the Nile water, but Addis Ababa announced the dam is necessary for its development.

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