Syria: Wadi Barada repair deal reached

wadi-baradaDamaged water infrastructure at Wadi Barada has left 5.5million people in Damascus area with severe water shortages.

Syrian government workers have entered a formerly rebel held area near Damascus to restore water to the capitol after weeks of shortages. The government engineers were allowed to enter the Ain al Fija facilities in opposition held Wadi Barada with an agreement with the rebels. Military operations have been halted. wadi1

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights confirmed repair crews are on the scheme and estimate 3 days will be required to get the water flowing to Damascus again. Fighting in the area had damaged the infrastructure and left some 5.5 million people in the capital and surrounding area with water shortages. wadi2

Government forces has battled the rebels for the last few weeks in the Wadi Barada area. Even with this truce fighting continues. wadi3

The Syrian conflict started in March 2011 as a largely unarmed uprising, but has since developed into a full-scale civil war killing hundreds of thousands and displaces more than half of the countries prewar population.

In Ottawa and area we have roughly a million people or perhaps a bit more than that. It is astounding to consider a city of 5.5 million to be suffering from water shortage no matter what the reason. We are blessed to be able to turn on the tap and have water.




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