In Demoso and Hpruso, where refugees mostly take shelter within Kayah State, locals are faced with drinking water shortages.
“These areas usually lack drinking water and so currently drinking water is insufficient and this will become more difficult to get drinking water in coming months” said U Khone Myint Naing, a representative of the Humanitarian Committe of the Karenni State Consultative Council – KSCC.
He contined, “Locals in Demoso, Phae Khon, and Moebye have been displaced to the western part. The western part is the area where it is difficult to get drinking water. Some houses usually keep rainwater reservoirs for one year but there is lack of water in these reservoirs now. Four or five families use water which is only used by one family and so it does not matter if it is raining, but now there is a lack of water because there is no rain. And so, some take water from 10 or 15 miles away, such as Holwekahtee. Some bought water from people who sell water from trucks, but they need to pay. Therefore, these thousands of refugees essentially need immediate aid to get sufficient drinking water.”
He continued, “Locals need drinking water. Even when there is not so many groups of people, the water usually dries up January and February and so these areas are already facing with problems with drinking water. This year, the problem of lack of water is extreme, due to social and health problem that will arise.”