water provide complications

In Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, water supply problems are getting worse. The population of Antananarivo is accustomed to water cuts lasting several hours, mainly due to the dilapidated nature of the installations and insufficient production capacity in relation to the number of inhabitants, with in particular a shortage of 100,000 m3 on a daily basis. in recent days, residents of several remote districts have complained that they no longer have water.

as reported from Antananarivo, Like Laetitia

In the Andraisoro district, the water does not normally flow in the middle of the night, a situation that has already been overpopulated, but for four days not a drop has come out of the taps, Miadamanjaka explains: “The water here is like gold. I have not slept since the beginning of the week because I get up all the time to check if the water has returned. When there is, it is only between kl. 1 and at We have to get up in the middle of the night to wash our clothes, wash ourselves and fill bottles and cans, and then we go to work. “

The tank is “almost empty”

A few meters away, in Tsarahonenana, a water tank of 10 m3 was installed. Dozens of cans are gathered around. Madame Jeanne, 50, is the neighborhood’s fountain producer: “It’s noon, the cistern is almost empty and look at all the cans that still need to be filled. I no longer know what to say to people. The people here suffer a lot. The state must quickly find a solution, because otherwise they will revolt. ”

120 cisterns have been installed throughout the capital, but for Nirina, a mother of five, this emergency solution is no longer sustainable: “I waste three or four hours a day waiting here for food. water! To me, this situation is like an insult to people because we do not have water to wash properly. We must save as much as possible. Clothes are only washed once a week. “

Low rainfall

Distribution company La Jirama says the worsening water supply problems are due to low rainfall (and the low water period). Efforts are being made to increase the capacity of the capital’s production facilities by 40,000 m3 per year. Day.

Read also: Madagascar installs cisterns in the streets in a persistent drought


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