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Water resources under strain in Zaatari

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Water resources under strain in Zaatari


Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp, like so many others, have fled across the Jordanian border to seek safety.

Aid agencies are struggling to meet the needs in what is one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

At least 100,000 thousand people now live here.

And at the height of summer periods, water is a precious commodity.

“We can’t create more water in Jordan. UNICEF and the UN and its partners in general supporting the government to improve water-pumping stations to improve and rehabilitate boreholes to make the system work more efficiently and effectively,” said UNICEF’s Toby Fricker.

Humanitarian organisation are asking the international community for more help to secure access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Jordan already hosts some 600,000 registered Syrian refugees, forming 10 percent of the country’s population. Jordanian officials estimate the real number is closer to 1.3 million Syrians.

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