Bunagok residents face extreme water shortages, with over two thousand people sharing two water hand pumps.
Some of the residences who spoke to Mingkaman 100 FM say they spend many hours in the queue to fetch water in the two working hand pumps.
Martha Alut is one of the residences in Bunagok Payam. She said people are walking from different villages to fetch water at Bunagok.
Ms. Alut had appealed to local county officials to rescue the situation and help fix the broken boreholes to ease the congestions and suffering.
She said they are now making tough choices between drinking and bathing. Adding that they go for days without bathing because it is not easy to get water at the hand pump.
She said the issue of water starts in August, but the situation is now worse because the pools which villages were using have dried. “clothes are dirty, and children don’t take a bath sometimes, this can cause sicknesses.” Said Martha.
Mr. Paul Chak is the head of the Awerial county water department in Lakes state. He said his office is aware of the dire water situation at Bunagok and other areas in the county.
He said they are making every effort to fix the broken boreholes by early next year because they do not have spare parts that are needed.
He said the pump mechanic are idle because they do not have spares, and he can’t send them without spare parts to repair the boreholes.
He said that he is engaging with one of the partners who has promised to come in January to drill more boreholes and repair the damaged ones.