"The residents of Mariupol receive five liters of drinking water per week. In order to get to collection points, residents have to stand in a queue since morning," the Mariupol City Council posted on Telegram.
As noted, drinking water remains one of the most pressing problems in Mariupol. To survive, people collect water from puddles and sewage wells. But it is dangerous as spontaneous burials and garbage dumps are located all over the city. All this gets into the ground and water, increasing the chances of contracting dangerous infectious diseases.
"If we add to this the lack of proper medical care, the consumption of such liquid can be fatal," the city council explains.
Mariupol mayor Vadym Boychenko said that the Russian invaders had been blocking Mariupol's access to a sufficient amount of clean drinking water for more than two months.
"People are forced to stand in line or look for some alternatives. At the same time, no one checks the quality of existing water. In the center of Europe, invaders made water become real gold," the mayor emphasized.
Mariupol experiences one of the biggest humanitarian catastrophes caused by Russia's aggression. The city was almost completely destroyed by enemy shelling.
Currently, Mariupol has no normal power, water and gas supplies. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, up to 22,000 civilians have died in the city. More than 50,000 people have been deported to Russia and the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk region.
Today, more than 100,000 people stay in the blocked city. Mariupol is on brink of environmental disaster and outbreak of infectious diseases.