Lorries are able to carry water tankers only to areas which have not been cut off. A relief worker, Ali, said that people come running at the sight of water tankers and a tank which takes hours to fill up is soon emptied.
"It was already a crisis here in Kathmandu to get water but now because of the earthquake it is very bad. So it is very hard to get water," said Ali.
Efforts to step up the pace of delivery of relief material including water were stalled by a shortage of supply trucks and drivers as many of them had returned to their villages to help their families.
However, water supply in Nepal wasn't smooth even before the quake. According to the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage in Nepal, around 80% of the population has access to potable water, it is often polluted.
The government said the death toll from last Saturday's earthquake had reached 6,655 and that more than 14,000 people were injured.
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