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US military intervenes to save Mississippi capital from thirst

 

The U.S. military distributed water canisters to residents of Jackson, Mississippi, urgently because of the acute crisis afflicting residents of this southern state's capital.    Large trucks loaded with hundreds of thousands of water canisters lined a square in Jackson City, where American soldiers were unloading them.



The U.S. military distributed water canisters to residents of Jackson, Mississippi, urgently because of the acute crisis afflicting residents of this southern state's capital.


Large trucks loaded with hundreds of thousands of water canisters lined a square in Jackson City, where American soldiers were unloading them.


Much of Jackson's water supply system became out of service after the devastating floods, with pipes contaminated and their water rendered undrinkable or even boiling.


Mary Jones, 55, tells AFP: "In my house, the water flows very slowly. It's a terrible situation for the whole city of Jackson, you know. "


"Nobody seems to know how to solve this problem. We've been facing this for years. It is indeed ridiculous to live this reality as citizens. "


  • Significant maintenance is being carried out to restore water pressure through the network. But so far
  • residents' lives depend on plastic water packaging stored on pallets
  • so that each resident gets two packages in free distribution places.


"I can't cook as I want, I can't brush my teeth as I want," says Natina Thompson, a bus driver.


  •  Jackson is Mississippi's largest city, one of the poorest states in the country.
  • The city has long-standing problems with the water system and the municipality's financial resources are insufficient
  • given the low tax base following the departure of the white population over the past 40 years.


Today, more than 80 percent of the population live below the poverty line.



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