KARENNI STATE- IDPs said that they have to buy and use drinking water at a high price in the camps in the western part of Demoso Township.
A 1,000-gallon water truck costs 60 to 80 thousand kyats, said a person helping the displaced persons.
“This car only holds 1,000 gallons, and we have to pay about eighty thousand kyats for that one time. In the past, it used to cost around 30 to 40 thousand kyats but now with the increase in fuel prices, it has become that much,” said a humanitarian assistance worker.
“In addition to the scarcity of water resources, the number of displaced people has increased,” said an IDP.
Interim Executive Council (IEC) reported that they are providing the price of fuel (for the transport cars) to get drinking water in the refugee camps.
“There is not enough water in the displaced persons camp, so they have to buy and use. IEC could only provide fuel to carry water as much as possible,” said IEC Secretary-2, Mr. Banya.
There are around 100,000 displaced people in the western part of Demoso Township, and people are concerned about diarrhoea and skin diseases following the lack of water, said an IDP helper.