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Much appreciated xThis thread is not the most viewed thread, but I think it is important to know what is going on in Tunisia especially for frequent travellers or those in relationships.
I know not everyone is a news junkie like me but it is here to check out, as and when you like
I don't understand why the government isn't interfering to help sooner, now it's the water, before it was due of snow about gaz bottles and all kind of other things, in that kind of situations they need to send trucks with whatever people need, send now trucks with water to help those people!Water Shortages Lead to Clashes in Tunisia’s Southwest Region
Sana Ajmi | 10 July 2012 | 0 Comments
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Clashes erupted yesterday in Tunisia’s southwest region of Gafsa. Citizens tried to block the road between Gafsa and Gabes, and police eventually fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.
“People living in the region have been suffering from water shortages for a month now,” said Hedi Radhaoui, a journalist living in Gafsa.
“During the last month, water access has been cut off a couple of times a day, but in the last few days people did not have any water access at all, which becomes more difficult as the heat increases. People could not find any water to drink, to cook, or even to shower,” said Radhaoui.
Radhaoui added that the distribution of water is affected by a phosphate company in Gafsa, which uses most of the region’s water. The distribution of water is also affected by routine electricity cuts.
Kalaii Labidi, president of SONEDE (Société nationale d’exploitation et de distribution des eaux) in Gafsa, said that Gafsa now has water, but many regions still do not. “Areas like Mdhila do not have any water access for now, but we are working really hard to solve this issue,” he stated.
Labidi explained the reasons behind the absence of water. “We have been suffering from a lack of rain for years, that’s why water tanks do not have enough water anymore,” said Labidi.
He added that three wells are under construction to solve this issue. ”One of them will be done in a month, the other two are still under construction,” he said.
According to Shems FM, water distribution in Nabeul, Sousse, Monastir, Mahdia, and Sfax might be interrupted in the upcoming days.