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Khartoum allocates 9.5m pounds to fix water crisis

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June 25, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - Khartoum state on Thursday announced the allocation of 9.5 million (1 million dollar) Sudanese pound to solve water crisis, while women in some areas of the state took to the street to protest the water problem.

The announcement was made following a meeting the new governor Abdel Rahim Hussein held with the Khartoum State Water Corporation (KSWC) in presence of the state minister for infrastructures, finance minster and commissioners of the state counties.

The emergency budget will be used to provide water treatment stations with new power generators to avoid the negative impact of the electricity shortage.

The meeting decided to form an extended operations room including the ministries of infrastructure, finance and KSWC to take urgent action to address water cuts and shortages in the different sites.

Also, the meeting also considered ways to develop a strategic plan to ensure the stable supply of drinking water from the Nile river and to abandon the ground water production in the whole state.

Last week Hussein relieved KSWC director general following a series of protest over water cuts in various parts of the state.

Traffic in Alsalma, in southern Khartoum was blocked on the streets leading to Ad Hussein and Mayo neighbourhoods for several hours on Thursday morning.

The female protesters said wanted to express their angry over the continued water cuts. The police surrounded the protesters without attempting to disperse them.

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