Taps in the National Medical College hospital in Kolkata
have been dry for well over a week forcing patients to bring in bottled water
from far off places.
Kolkata Municipal Corporation trucks are supplying water
to hospitals that are facing shortage, but this quantity is simply not enough.
"We have a crisis on our hands. Patients' families
are having to buy water. But a solution seems unlikely till the tubewell in the
hospital is repaired," a surgical ward officer revealed. Only medicine and
gynaecology departments have been spared the worst.
Medical superintendent S K Saha said the
crisis had hit people hard. "We
have to bear with this problem till the new tubewell is installed," he
said, referring to a new pump that is to replace the pump that fed water off a