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Dirty Water...Drinking Water

Ugly and dirty as it is, you sure wouldn't think the water in this pond can be used for such purposes as bathing or washing clothes, let alone drinking. But people in Malai district of Banteay Meanchey, a province bordering with Thailand, do drink and use it in their daily life. Now they are having trouble. According to the Cambodia Daily, one person died and between 450 to 600 villagers have fallen seriously ill after drinking the water in this pond.

Such problem is not uncommon in Cambodia where
only 27% of the rural population have access to safe water. You don't have to travel to the remote area of the country to witness the lack of water. Just go to my home town in KampongSpue, which is only 48 kilometers from Phnom Penh, and drive down a few kilometers from National Road 4, you'll definitely see it.

( Picture from Kohsantepheap Daily )

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2 Responses to “Dirty Water...Drinking Water”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I`ve heard about it too, but never imagined that it`s so dirty.  

  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    this is so sick its weird to think that some people could just not care about the water crisis in some countries  

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