Hithaadhoo in Baa Atoll has completely run out of water, claims Island councilor Amir Abdul Latheef.
He said he has been getting complaints since yesterday morning that all houses on the island had no water.
”We informed the utilities company that we have no water on the island,” Amir said, ”they told us that they would send water as soon as possible.”
Amir said the islanders were using ground water from the island, a practice banned by the Health Ministry twelve years ago because of the toxicity.
”Only a few wealthy men use mineral water but the majority of people cannot afford to buy water everyday,” he said. ”There are 1227 people on the island,” Amir noted.
He said he had never witnessed a situation similar to this in his whole life. ”[The last time] it rained was eight months ago,” he said,”the situation on the island is now much worse.”
He said the island office was trying to prevent infants from having to use the impure ground water.
”It rains occasionally but that much is not usable as the roofs are dusty and such small amount of rain does not even clean the roofs,” he said.
Amir said people of the island were now in danger of becoming sick with fevers and diseases due to drinking impure water.
State Minister for Health Abdul Baary Abdulla said there were many diseases that could potentially result from the use of contaminated water, including diarrhoea, stomach ailments and skin diseases.
Amir had recently complained several times that the island would completely run out of water during the weekend if the government does not provide it for them urgently.