At least seven people have been killed in ongoing riots in the Ivory Coast after municipal water supplies were cut off in early November. Water rationing is not uncommon in African cities in the region but the violence has escalated recently because of growing fears regarding access to drinking water and more frequent service cuts due to inclement weather. Compounding the problem, looters have crippled several health and sanitary program offices that provide drinking water rations during the outages, sparking more violent riots and limiting the number of people who can receive the rations.


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