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Thinley Namgay 

For the last three days, residents of Simtokha, Babesa, Olakha, and Changzamtog in Thimphu have not had water.

Due to heavy rainfall on Sunday, the water pipe located below Chamgang was hit by a landslide. Almost 70 metres of pipe was broken.

The thromde official said that 35 thromde workers and de-suups were deployed to fix the pipe. “We might complete the maintenance work by tomorrow.”

Efforts to restore water supply from Chamgang is expected to complete tomorrow. Residents in Changzamtog, Babesa, Simtokha, Olakha and parts of Changbangdu areas did not have drinking water for the past three days.

To ease the water shortage, the official said that thromde was distributing water to the residents from tankers.

Karna Maya, a restaurant owner at Changzamtog, has been fetching water from her friend’s place at Changbangdu.

“How can I run a restaurant without water? When I go to fetch water, there is no one to operate the restaurant,” she said.

This is the third time the residents of Changzamtog have faced water shortage in the last six months.

Some are buying bottled water to cook and wash.

A shopkeeper, Malata Rai, said demand for bottled water had risen drastically.

Edited by Jigme Wangchuk

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