According to The UN’s humanitarian adviser for Syria, Jan Egeland, More than 5.5 million people have only minimal access to water supplies in the Damascus area. The supplies have been cut off since December 22.
According to the authorities, the militants who control the Barada valley north of Damascus contaminated the water with diesel. Unfortunately, most residents no longer have water coming from household taps. The government has been doing its best to provide tankers to transport supplies to the city.
Egeland said there was no sign yet of disease in the city and efforts were being made to ensure water continued to be supplied to schools and hospitals, but he warned that the risk of the supply being poisoned was real.
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