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Libya warns rebel-held east of water shortages

Libya warns rebel-held east of water shortages

Libyan officials warn that the lack of maintenance on the country's water system because of the fighting might mean the rebel-controlled east could be denied water soon.
Agriculture minister, Abdel Maguid al-Gaud, told journalists on Tuesday that only one of six turbines in the power plant pumping water from deep desert aquifers to rebel-held Benghazi is working.
The project, known as the Great Man-Made River, provides 70 percent of the arid country's water.
The minister called for a cease-fire to allow the turbines to be repaired.
Khalifa Oteyfi, one of the project's managers, estimated that the remaining turbine might only last three more months.
Libya's eastern half is controlled by rebels seeking to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi's regime.


Updated : 2021-06-17 10:13 GMT+08:00