Syria’s Manbij imposes strict measures to prevent cholera

MANBIJ, Syria (North Press) – On Thursday, an official of Water Foundation in the city of Manbij, northern Syria, said it would take tightened measures to curb the outbreak of cholera.  

Since early September, Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has announced cholera outbreak in its areas on control. The cholera infections come from decreasing level of the Euphrates water and contaminated drinking water, according to Health Board in northeastern Syria.

The AANES was first formed in 2014 in the Kurdish-majority regions of Afrin, Kobani and Jazira in northern Syria following the withdrawal of the government forces. Later, it was expanded to Manbij, Tabqa, Raqqa, Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor after the SDF defeated ISIS militarily there.

Co-chair of Water Foundation in Manbij Abeer al-Barho said, “Amid cholera outbreak, the Foundation has increased tests and taking samples to assure drinking water is void of contaminants.”

Al-Barho told North Press that water is being pumped from processing stations in two phases. In each phase chlorine is added to ascertain its needed rate in water.  

Al-Barho indicated that the needed tests are analyzed in a lab in the foundation because water loses a rate of chlorine while streaming. “Water samples are taken from different areas,” she added.      

On October 3, Department of Environment of Civil Administration in Manbij warned against high level of pollution in the Euphrates River water, resulting from decreasing level and discharging wastewater into the river. 

Euphrates River recession due to Turkey’s seizing provides a proper environment for reproduction of bacteria and disease-causing viruses.

Reporting by Fadi al-Hussein