Abdalaziz Alhamza – Exclusive – Raqqa is being slaughtered silently
Al-Tabaqa city, west of Raqqa city has recently suffered from a problem in drinking water as brown and white worms of 1.5 length were found in tap water. Raqqa is being slaughtered silently tried to contact with an experts at the water field to identify the problem and its effect for the public health, but restrictions imposed within Raqqa prevent us from that.
When telling ISIS about that problem, ISIS said that the engineer in charge for water at the city “Ibraheem Othman” was disappear, claiming that he has escaped after stealing the treasury of the water at Al-Tabaqa city
The team of RBSS is following the problem and its potential effects on public health, while observing the healthy centers in anticipation of the apparition of medical conditions that worms may be the cause of them.
In Raqqa there was an absence of all kinds of water sterilization since the control of ISIS, making the crisis more worse by the closing the Red Crescent Organization on January of this year.
Red Crescent supervised providing chlorine for drinking water purifying, besides the direct supervising on the maintenance for the water plants and making repairs and clean the Infiltrative wells
The result of the untreated water in Raqqa, such as high numbers of child diarrhea conditions and dysentery cases increased to more than 600% in comparing of the normal percentage, because of that, parents had to start using bottled water instead of using tap water, which is considered unaffordable due to the fact that the water tray price of 1 liter is more than 250 S.P
Moreover , the number of the people with kidney failure and stones, increased by 300% , because of untreated water and this can be seen in naked eye when opening the tap water in Raqqa , the water is unclear and there is a red dust and green algae in it, As well as the apparition of a layer of sediment an hour after leaving the of water in a vessel.
It is worth mentioning that ISIS imposed a water bill up to 700 S.P for each two months on people of Raqqa, despite the fact that the water is undrinkable.