Water supply has been partially restored in the Indian capital, Delhi, where up to 10 million were affected after protesters sabotaged a key water canal.
The army took control of the Munak canal in neighbouring Haryana state yesterday, after Jat community members angry at caste job quotas, damaged it over the weekend.
Senior water board official Neeraj Semwal told the media that four of Delhi’s nine water treatment plants were operating, forcing rationing of supplies to many areas.
Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra tweeted this morning that “some water has been released” from the canal and this had led to the restoration of partial supplies in north and central Delhi.
He said that more than 70 water tankers from these areas had been moved to the western part of the city, where partial supplies would be “hopefully” restored by this evening.
Mr. Mishra noted however that the “crisis was still not over” and urged people to use water carefully.
The city’s schools, which were closed because of the crisis, have reopened.
Sixteen million people live in Delhi, and around three-fifths of the city’s water is supplied by the Munak canal, which runs through Haryana.