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Peru: Ayacucho faces severe water rationing

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The Peruvian region of Ayacucho continues to face severe water rations, 10 days after the collapse of a major water canal, which carried water from the Cuchoquesera dam.

The water rationing, local radio RPP said, has caused worry among local residents, who fear they will become ill.

“The rationing is not even enough for sanitary services,” an unnamed resident was quoted as saying by RPP.

On Wednesday, officials asked the government to declare a state of emergency for Ayacucho’s Mariscal Llerena Hospital.

“Surgical materials and patients’ clothing – as well as health workers – cannot be sterilized, so there is an evaluation to declare the hospital under a state of emergency,” said David Laura de la Cruz, the hospital’s manager.

“The sterilizing machines operate with steam,” Laura said, “and for surgery, patients’ family members have been buying bottled water.”

The Peruvian region of Ayacucho continues to face severe water rations, which started 10 days ago.

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