Severe water shortage is reported in Baidoa town, southwest state which affected many families living in the area due to only one well serving the town.
The town is mostly supplied water by donkey carts strapped with a drum which goes round the residential homes.
The water is fetched from a single water hole in the town and they are compelled to queue for the precious commodity making a long snake of line which takes around 3 hours to access the site.
Meanwhile the water level of the watering hole is also diminishing which is forcing the price to shoot according to donkey cart owners.
“They are now selling Som Shillings 45,000 (US$2) per drum or even higher. Even at times one can miss water after standing several hours in the line. The water level is going down deeply” says a local water dealer.
Around 200 donkey carts are feeding the town with water and changes in price will have adverse effects on the poor.
Early last year a rehabilitated well in the town has been inaugurated by southwest state minister of Agriculture Mohamed Hassan Fiqi which was attended by military officials from AMISOM Sector 3, led by contingent commander Brigadier General Gabremeskel Gebrezigabe, the local administration and community leaders.