Only 3% of Mariupol residents have access to water, says mayoral advisor

A ruined house in Mariupol
A ruined house in Mariupol

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"The water issue remains the city's main problem," he said.

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"Residents of Mariupol are forced to go for kilometers in the morning to get into queues at water collection points. If they're lucky enough to collect it."

According to Andriushchenko, "water is being taken everywhere, including sewage wells, where water appeared after experiments with water supply."

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"Water of a minimum acceptable quality is not available in the city," the advisor said.

Mariupol was besieged by Russian invasion forces for more than four months. The actions of the Russian military have led to a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe. The invaders bombed residential areas of the city and civilian infrastructure and blocked humanitarian aid, and killed at least 25,000 residents there, Ukrainian authorities say.

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The mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, reported that due to problems with the water supply, the city is at risk of an infectious diseases disaster, and more than 10,000 people may die by the end of the year.

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