Myanmar Muslims Lack Access to Water

22 Apr 2014 by Local Press Report

Some 900 Muslims from Meikhtila in central Burma who lost their homes in communal violence just over a year ago are now facing water shortages and sanitation-related diseases at the shelter where they reside. The 900, all Muslims from the town’s Chanaye Tharyar quarter, have been sheltering in a cramped 150ft x 500ft (1.72 acre) compound belonging to the local Water Resource Office since their homes were razed by angry Buddhist mobs last March. Aung Htay, a coordinator of the Water Resource Office displacement camp -- one of five shelters housing some 8,000 riot victims, both Muslim and Buddhist -- said the 900 inhabitants have been affected by water shortages since a decision was made to cut water supplies to the camp from 1,600 gallons per month to 1,200...

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