KNC warns of humanitarian crisis in Kobane, north Syria

Residents of Kobane city in northern Syria suffer poor humanitarian conditions. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria– The local committee of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in the city of Kobane in northern Syria has warned of “outbreak of diseases caused by water pollution and desiccation of artisan wells” in a vocation, announced on Thursday, addressing the United Nations’ organizations, as well as the world civil and governmental bodies.

The KNC vocation, of which ARA News received a copy, declared: “Due to the Syrian war and the long siege imposed by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) on Kobane and its environs, as well as the tragic situation of the city’s residents and internally displaced people and the power and water cut, people were obliged to dig artisan wells. However, the surface water in Kobane started to dry up, with the approach of summer, and got mixed with sewage. Eventually, all potable water became polluted and led to a number of diseases, such as Cholera, among Kobane’s residents, especially children and infants.”

The KNC vocation appealed to “the International Community and its civil and governmental organizations to put an end to this humanitarian tragedy as it is a slow death to more than half a million citizens and displaced. Otherwise, all these suffering people will flee outside Syria and increase the UN burdens in the camps.”

The vocation invoked the UN and the world civil and governmental organizations to “demand the Turkish government to provide Kobane with water and electricity from the Turkish city of al-Serouj as an emergency to save the lives of half a million people.”

The wells in Kobane dry up during summer and water level decreases. Experts assert that there is no chance to dig nautical wells, as there is no underground nautical water in the city.
Reporting by: Sadruddin Kino

Source: ARA News

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