Burst pipes leave 40,000 with­out wa­ter in N Ire­land

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

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

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