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SRI LANKA: From pipe dreams to piped water | IRIN

Water used to flow here --a toppled water tower in Kilinochchi District. Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN

COLOMBO, 17 January 2011 (IRIN) – Widespread flooding in Sri Lanka has grabbed the headlines, but in the north of the country a more long-term problem is the absence of pipe-borne water for tens of thousands of civilians returning to the former conflict zone, known locally as the Vanni.

Flood waters that have affected about one million people across Sri Lanka have started to recede since 16 January, but for residents in the Vanni, their longstanding water-access problems are only growing.

Piping water there is now a top priority for the government, say experts, noting how decades of civil war have left water infrastructure in the Vanni in near or total disrepair.

Read more here: IRIN Asia | SRI LANKA: From pipe dreams to piped water | Sri Lanka | Natural Disasters | Water & Sanitation.

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