MYAGDI, April 24: Drying up of water sources has forced the residents of Aula in Annapurna Rural Municipality to drink water from the local river.
"As a result, some 900 members of 43 households and the students of the local Mandali Basic School have been deprived of safe drinking water," said the users committee chair Dil Prasad Fagaami. “We are now drinking water from the local river.”
The project was established 23 years ago. It's been four months that the water source at a place called Kholakai has dried up. After the water source dried up, water from the Sansare river has been stored in the reserve tank.
However, the water from the river is polluted and contaminated, said local resident Ranjita Pun. Likewise, the students in the Mandali Basic School have also been deprived of drinking water in school.
Effort is being made to find a long-term solution by building a new project, said ward no. 7 chair of the rural municipality, Gam Bahadur Fagaami. “Budget is being allocated for the project in the new fiscal year,” he added.