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20 Jun 2020 | 10:04 AM UTC

Senegal: Water shortages continue in Dakar June 19

Senegal News Alert

Water shortages reported in areas of Dakar as of June 19; review continuity plans

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/20/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Dakar). COUNTRY/REGION Dakar

Event

Local and international media sources reported continued water shortages in some areas of Dakar on Friday, June 19. Much of the distribution shortfall has been attributed to an increase in demand, which has reduced water pressure in some suburbs where infrastructure remains inadequate. There has been increasing concern over the shortages in recent weeks amid a focus on improving sanitation due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. However, officials have stated that they are continuing water infrastructure maintenance and improvement efforts.

Further water supply disruptions are likely in the medium term.

Context

Areas of Dakar experience frequent water shortages and service delivery disruption due to the city's aging and inadequate infrastructure. Although these problems are less common in more affluent areas of the city, service delivery failures often prompt protests in its suburbs which can include the blocking of roads and attacks on local utilities and infrastructure.

Advice

Those in Dakar are advised to review water supply continuity plans in light of the shortages and should be mindful of the potential for protests and unrest in areas affected by the disruptions.

 

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