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Dry town: Mexican city of 5 million without water for weeks


Monterrey, Mexico

The industrial hub of Monterrey has long been one of Mexico’s most prosperous cities, so its almost 5 million residents were shocked when they lost the most basic of services: water.

A combination of an intense drought, poor planning, and high water use has left residents of Mexico’s industrial powerhouse to resort to extreme measures that call up images of isolated, poorer areas: storing water in buckets to use a scoopful at a time.

“We are panicked, because we don’t know when the water will come back on,” said Monterrey resident María del Carmen Lara. “We finally got them to send us a water truck, but we still don’t have running water.”

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