The continued interruption of “Alok” water station... Purchasing from tankers doubles the suffering in Hasaka

The continued interruption of “Alok” water station... Purchasing from tankers doubles the suffering in Hasaka

May 19 2024

ARK New… As temperatures begin to rise, the residents of Hasaka city in Syrian Kurdistan continue to suffer from securing water, and purchasing it throughout the year constitutes an additional burden on them amid the difficult living conditions.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a report on Friday said that the water outage from the Alok station, which supplies Hasaka city and its suburbs, has been continuing for nearly 8 months.

It added: "The station is located in the Sari Kaniye area, which is within the areas controlled by the Turkish forces and the factions loyal to them in the Hasaka countryside.

The station's water was cut off approximately 40 times previously, and this resulted in an exacerbation of the suffering of the residents of Hasaka city and its suburbs."

People are currently forced to buy water from tankers to cover their needs. There are about 1,000 tankers spread within Hasaka city to deliver water to the people daily at a price of up to 30,000 liras for every 5 barrels.

About one and a half million people live in Hasaka and its environs, relying on groundwater that comes out from under the ground and salt water that no longer exists due to its loss from under the ground.

The citizens of Hasaka confirm that their suffering increases in the summer due to the need for greater water consumption in light of the difficult economic situation: “The family that buys water every day cannot buy food supplies. The situation is catastrophic. We wake up in the early morning hours to fill some containers from the tanks to water our children.”

Despite weak hopes for a solution soon and fear of the continuation of the water crisis, the residents of Hasaka in Syrian Kurdistan are demanding that the “Autonomous Administration” of the Democratic Union Party find a solution that will alleviate their suffering.



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