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

Monterrey Mexico

The industrial center of Monterrey has long been one of the most prosperous cities in Mexico, so its almost 5 million inhabitants were shocked when they lost the most basic service: water.

A combination of intense drought, poor planning and high water use has led residents of industrial powerhouse Mexico to resort to extreme measures that evoke images of isolated, poorer areas: storing water in buckets to use a tablespoon at a time. .

“We are panicking, because we don’t know when the water will return,” said María del Carmen Lara, a resident of Monterrey. “We finally got a tanker sent to us, but we still don’t have running water.”

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