The wa­ter is­sue

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The wa­ter sit­u­a­tion in the Mal­dives is wors­en­ing grad­u­ally. In 2012, a dozen is­lands al­most ran out of wa­ter. In the ab­sence of a proper sys­tem, the op­tions for de­liv­er­ing clean wa­ter are few on most of the is­lands and atolls. Only three is­lands – Male, Vil- in­gili and Hul­hu­male – have a func­tion­ing wa­ter sup­ply and dis­tri­bu­tion net­work. To deal with the prob­lem, peo­ple on other is­lands use bar­rels to col­lect rain­wa­ter. Some have dug wells. On most is­lands, peo­ple spend 85 per­cent of their in­come on buy­ing fresh wa­ter.

Sadly, this prob­lem af­fects hun­dreds of peo­ple liv­ing on Mal­di­vian is­lands and has failed to gain the at­ten­tion of the coun­try’s politi­cians. The elec­tion cam­paigns of most of the politi­cians, who par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tions, re­volved around per­sonal ri­val­ries and petty squab­bles. Hardly any politi­cian fo­cused on the prob­lem of wa­ter scarcity. It is hoped that when a new gov­ern­ment fi­nally as­sumes power, it will keep this is­sue on its pri­or­ity list. Ab­dulla Ahmed Male, Mal­dives

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