PARTS of the Western Provincial capital of Gizo is facing acute water shortage and is worsening by the week.
This is due to the ongoing dry weather condition currently affecting the island for over two weeks.
A concerned Gizo resident, Titus Billy told the Solomon Star yesterday that for over two weeks very little rain has fell on Gizo which affected many residents that depend on rain water to fill up their water tanks.
“We are experiencing less rain since for the past two weeks,” he said.
He said some of most affected areas include; TC, Tophill, Corner shop area, Banana Valley, Down Town area and the District area.
Mr. Billy said because of water shortage some of the residents are now stocking up bottled water sold from the shops.
He added, the price of bottled water has also increased due to demand.
He said residents in TC, Babylon and Malakerava still have access to water because of streams and bore holes close to them which continue to sustain the residents.
At the moment, many residents facing water shortage have been forced to visit the nearby water sources to fetch water.
“Residents are struggling to find clean water for bath, wash, cooking and drinking.
“Some Gizo residents are resorting to bottled mineral water bought from shops because of empty tanks,” he added.
The water situation has also forced the Gizo Community High School to suspend classes this week.
Meanwhile, reports from the Gizo Hospital stated a number diarrhea cases have been recorded for children between the ages of 1-6.
It was highlighted shortage of water is likely a contributing factor.
Residents are hoping for the rain to come soon.
In light of the situation Mr. Billy is appealing to responsible authorities and organisations to help address the situation which is a long time problem for Gizo.
By ULUTAH GINA
Gizo NEWS BUREAU