Congo water supply cut in wake of Ebola outbreak
Water supplies in Congo have been cut in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in the country.
According to Reuters, the Congolese government has decided to cut the amount of water supplied to all households in the capital Bangui because of the outbreak.
The decision was made by a committee chaired by Prime Minister Alain Mabhouk, Reuters reports.
“We have reduced our consumption of water for the time being.
We will do this in due time,” Mabouk said.
He did not specify the amount, but said it was in line with the government’s plan to distribute more water to households in a bid to reduce water scarcity.
“The government’s decision to reduce the water supply is not a unilateral decision,” a spokesman for the country’s Water Ministry told Reuters.
He said the water was supplied to households by private companies and was not subject to government regulation.
The government has announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the Ebola deaths.
The country is on the verge of a severe drought.
As of June, the population of the country is about 4.8 million, according to the United Nations.
The drought, which began in September, has been worsened by the Ebola pandemic.