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Water crisis acute in city

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Staff Reporter :
Citizens across the capital are suffering from water crisis in the fasting month of Ramzan.
"We are used to stand in queues around the nearby water pump from 3:30am after taking Sehri to collect water. It is unbearable pains. There is no water in our pipe, in our tap for days together," Shamim Ahmed, a resident of Uttara (Sector-5) told The New Nation.
He said, residents of his area are suffering continuously from water crisis.
Munmun Tabassum, a housewife from the same area said, her family members are in very painful position due to empty water in their bathrooms.
"I cannot wash my dishes in the morning, my husband could not take bath before going to office for last three days. My children also could not do it. Even face washing and teeth brushing are done with very limited water," she said.
She asked the media to stand by the suffering people.
It is not the problem for Uttara residents only, but for city's Hazaribagh, Mugda, Malibagh, East Badda, Central Badda, Rampura, and adjacent areas.
Nurunnahar Laila, a banker of the Hazaribagh area said, "Can you imagine there is no water in pipes of a house for almost a week? How can we cook our daily meals, how can we prepare our children's food? It is like a punishment." She also asked the authority to solve the problem immediately.
Nazneen Nahar, a housewife from Badda said, her children are taken by water crisis.
"Everyone of my family is passing days without water. My school and college going children failed to wear clean cloths. It is not possible to send cloths including school dresses to laundry shops regularly. It is more costly for a lower middle income family like us. On the other hand, we failed to wash cloths regularly due to unbearable water shortages.
Her husband, Abdur Rahman, said that he used to go to water pump every day early morning after Fazr prayers to collect water. The other residents of his areas are also doing the same. "No alternatives we find without standing in rows for collecting water as like as ration. Because, we cannot live without water,"  
said Mukhles Hossain from East Badda. He said, in this Ramzan, we failed to drink sufficient water. Every elderly member of all families from these areas are affected by water shortages. "Especially I think that I have to drink less water so that my children are able to get sufficient water to drink in these crisis moments," he said.
The residents of those areas also said that the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is ignoring the sufferings of the people.
"If the WASA takes an effective step, the problem must be wiped out. But problem is with the officials of the WASA. They pay no heed to solve the problem," said Aminul Haque from East Badda. The residents, who are sufferings from water crisis said, they are used to collect water from WASA served water trucks. But it is also not found regularly.
"We are not happy with WASA's field level officials' silence. They are not cooperative enough. They frequently dodged us refusing to give water. So, we collect the water by giving money," said Abdul Aleem a resident of Badda.
Apart from these, residents from Jurain, Postagola, Shyampur, Gandaria, Jatrabari and other areas are suffering from stinky water.
When contacted,  AKM Shahid Uddin, Director of WASA (Technical) said, "We are honestly working to locate the main reasons of water crisis. We will overcome the situation soon by taking appropriate measures."
He said the officials of WASA are working hard to solve the problem.

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