Can you imagine a town of 3 million people without water for domestic use?
Congo's infrastructure is fragile and collapse quite frequently. It is aged and under-sized.
Mbuji-Mayi, the twin provincial capital of the Kasai Provinces in central Congo, is located in East Kasai.
Hundreds of thousands of residents of Mbuji-Mayi, central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are caught up in a water crisis since a landslide damaged the town’s water supply in March.
Some of the town’s three million residents now walk more than 20km daily in search of water, with reports that a water vendor died recently after a lorry ran over him as he ferried water for sale in Mbuji-Mayi.
“Lack of water in Mbuji-Mayi has been dire for several weeks now; at the moment people are obliged to walk over 20km to fetch water for domestic use from small rivers around the town,” Theodore Thiyekele, a Catholic priest, told IRIN. “Others are buying drinking water from young men who fetch it from sources far away from the town.”