Ten million people without water in Delhi, officials say

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Ten million people without water in Delhi, officials say

Indian people fill up canisters and containers with water from a tanker in New Delhi earlier today (Picture: EPA/RAJAT GUPTA)

More than 10 million people in India’s capital are still without water after protesters seized Delhi’s main water source, officials say.

Jat community protesters demanding more government jobs took over the Munak canal, which is the city’s main water source, on Friday.

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Sixteen people have been killed and hundreds injured since riots broke out three days ago.

Keshav Chandra, head of Delhi’s water board, told the BBC it would take ‘three to four days’ before normal supplies resumed to affected areas.

epa05175345 Indian people fill up canisters and containers with water from a tanker in New Delhi, India, 22 February 2016. Delhi faces a water crisis after agitators shut a key water supply amid deadly protests about caste-based quotas for jobs and education in Indian

People scramble to get water from a tanker (Picture: EPA/RAJAT GUPTA)

He added that there had been some warning before so people managed to save some water but that this would not be enough to make up for the shortfall.

Schools in the city were also closed after supplies from the canal were sabotaged during the protests.

This morning, the army took control of parts of the canal but repairs are expected to take time.

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epa05174838 Indian children collect water from the hand pump, a ground water source of water, in the Azadpur area of north Delhi, India, 22 February 2016. Delhi faces a water crisis after agitators shut a key water supply amid deadly protests about caste-based quotas for jobs and education in Indian

Indian children collect water from the hand pump, a ground water source of water, in the Azadpur area of north Delhi (Picture: EPA/STR)

Delhi Chief Minister Arving Kejriwal tweeted that the army was ‘trying to assess in how much time water would reach Delhi and whether any damage had been done to the canal’.

The violence had forced the closure of several key roads and national highways, and stopped the railway system in northern India but the situation is now returning to normal.

The Jat community have been demanding inclusion in caste quotas for jobs and education opportunities that have been available to lower castes since 1991.

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