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Kyrgyzstan: Water Shortage Ratchets Up Social Tension

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As if electricity blackouts weren't bad enough, now residents in rural Kyrgyzstan are having difficulties accessing water. Without electricity, Kyrgyzstan's new water pumping system is inoperable; and some pumps have been damaged by the irregular supply of power.

"The energy crisis and the drinking water supply have a direct connection. If there is no electricity, in most cases it means there is no water," Talant Ormushev, head of production at the Department of Rural Water Supply, told EurasiaNet.

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