Maluku Earthquake Aftermath Causes Water Wells Run Dry, Says Volunteer

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  • The condition of a resident's well in Saunulu Village, Tehoru District, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku Province, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The well suddenly dried up after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (ANTARA/HO-Ambon Volunteer Team)

    The condition of a resident's well in Saunulu Village, Tehoru District, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku Province, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The well suddenly dried up after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (ANTARA/HO-Ambon Volunteer Team)

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe residents of Central Maluku’s Saunulu village are currently facing clean water shortage after the village’s wells have gone dry following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake one wednesday one week prior.

    A member of Ambon Volunteer Ream, Sayyed Abdul Basyir Al’asghar, reported this unique occurrence on June 22 after receiving reports from local residents. This phenomenon has never happened before, he said, even compared to lengthy draughts the villagers endured in the past, Antaranews reports.

    The volunteer said the issue is being assessed and no official statements regarding the drying wells were made by local governments. Volunteers from the Ambon Volunteer Team have provided a 100-meter water hose to help provide water supply for residents.

    Locals are currently dependent on tap water for the source of clean water that is installed in a number of locations throughout the village. The situation has worsened the local residents’ situation as they are still in refugee camps due to last week’s earthquake and minor tsunami.

    A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Central Maluku on Wednesday noon of June 16. 

    Read: Central Maluku Struck by M 6.1 Earthquake, BMKG Says

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