Damascus Water Shortage Risks Pandemic

Press Release: Damascus Water Shortage Risks Pandemic For Immediate Release December 30, 2016 UOSSM is deeply concerned with the water shortage in Damascus which puts 4 million civilians at great risk. The two primary sources of drinking water- Wadi Barada and Ain-el-Fijah which provide water for 70 percent of the population of Damascus, were attacked and heavily damaged.

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They have not been operational since December 22. The lack of water and price gouging of commercially available water (reports as high as 5000 Syrian Pound per liter) are forcing a large percentage of the population to drink substandard water. There is a significant risk of a water borne disease pandemic; microbial parasites, typhoid, hepatitis and cholera. The current medical infrastructure is not equipped to handle a pandemic of this scale. UOSSM urges the international community to immediately provide water, sanitation and hygiene aid to the people of Damascus. We also strongly condemn using water, a basic human need, as a weapon. 

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Dr. Saleem Bachara
Board Secretary, UOSSM Netherlands
Email: sbachara@uossm.nl
Phone: 0031 6 8785 7932

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