Five SWKH villages face water crisis, locals depend on rainwater

MAWKYRWAT: At a time when the state witnessed incessant downpour, five villages in South West Khasi Hills are being subjected to water crises since past few months
Albeit water taps have been provided, the locals from the villages – Manad, Pynden Lyngdoh, Mawbidong, Lummawbah and Pynden Sohlang villages in Riwar Sepngi area – have been bearing the brunt of the water scarcity.
Speaking to The Shillong Times, the Myntri of Pynden Lyngdoh village, H Nongsiej, said that Pynden Lyngdoh and Pynden Sohlang villages, which were connected to the same water sources, have not received water for several months.
The villagers have been depending on the rainwater for drinking as well as cleaning and washing of late, he added.
Highlighting the need for another water storage tank in Pynden Lyngdoh village, Nongsiej said people from Pynden Lyngdoh have to take a wearisome 20-minute walk just to fetch water for washing clothes.
Meanwhile, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), San Shnong Area Unit, has expressed concerned about the water crises in the 5 villages. “Besides not getting water, the Union found out that some of the water storage tanks do not have water and some were unclean with full of plastics,” the KSU said.
The union added that the villagers are now struggling to maintain a hygienic life in view of the difficulty in access to water facilities. It has further exhorted the PHE department to look into the hiccups in the villages.

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