Burst pipes leave 40,000 without water in N Ireland
BELFAST: Some 40,000 people were struggling to cope Wednesday without water supplies in Northern Ireland, where frozen pipes have burst leaving some without fresh water for eight days.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the province are affected, with people forced to join long queues for bottled water. Parts of the capital Belfast are among the hardest hit.
"At the latest count, 40,000 people are without running water," a spokeswoman for Northern Ireland Water, which provides the province's water and sewerage services, told AFP. Leisure centres in Belfast and towns including Coleraine, Antrim and Cookstown opened to provide washing and showering facilities.
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness promised a review of the response to the situation.
Peter Maguire, a doctor from Newry, southwest of Belfast, has been living for eight days without water. -Ap