Matadi without drinking water for four days

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By Josephine Lukoya, Robert Mugabe &agencies

More than half of the city of Matadi know the lack of drinking water for four days. A situation which becomes increasingly disturbing. We are witnessing around the city in fights in the few places where water still flows, said this Thursday, June 2, a member of the local civil society.

Officials of the board of water supply (Regideso) justified this by a breakdown of its machinery, which they termed at “a technical fault” without specifying.

The same situation is going on in parts of Goma town, where the officials say only 30% of Goma residents have no access to clean water.

To get water in the few places where it flows, it must deploy the biceps or else take the direction of the river Congo. It is the exercise that some do Matadiens for four days to refuel.

Columns of people, including children, young and old cans in hand were seen to search for that rare commodity in all corners of Matadi, such as:

Baobab, Stadium, Nzanza, Londe, Kikanda, Safari or even downtown.

Matadi had a population of 245,862 (2004) and now the officials believe the number have doubled. Matadi is situated on the left bank of the Congo River 148 km (92 miles) from the mouth and 8 km (5 miles) below the last navigable point before rapids make the river impassable for a long stretch upriver

Near Soyo four girls in search of water early this morning Thursday, June 2, were victims of assaults perpetrated by strangers.

Similar cases were also reported across the city, according to civil society of Matadi, which cries for help.

According to the Congolese National Radio Television (TRNC) in Matadi, the provincial director of Regideso Lower Congo was received on Wednesday 1 June, the provincial governor about the shortage of drinking water.

The latter announced that water was flowing at 19 am local time. But until Thursday noon, the situation remained the same. The water did not always in almost all the taps in the city.

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