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Drill snaps water supply to hospital

A tank brought to the hospital in Alipurduar on Tuesday. (Anirban Choudhury)

Alipurduar, Aug. 7: Water supply to the female and children’s wards of Alipurduar subdivisional hospital and doctors’ quarters have been disrupted for the past 24 hours after the main line was snapped during a soil test yesterday evening.

Water supply was restored in the two wards at 8pm.

With no running water, toilets in the two wards are in an unhygienic condition and the patients had to carry water in buckets for their basic needs.

Officials of the public works department were carrying out a soil test on the premises of the hospital yesterday when a drilling machine hit the pipe.

“The soil test was required as we need to construct a new building for the hospital which will soon be upgraded to a district hospital. The pipe supplying water to the female and children’s wards got damaged. Immediately, water spread on the entire hospital campus,” said hospital superintendent Sujoy Bishnu.

The authorities brought two water tanks with a capacity of 5,000 litres each from the municipality to the hospital this morning. One tank was parked in front of the two affected wards and another before the doctors’ quarters.

The female ward has 55 patients and there are 26 children admitted to the paediatric section. The patients were given buckets to get water from the tank.

A patient in the female ward who did not want to be named said: “There has been no water in the ward since last night. Toilets are in a deplorable state and we cannot wash our hands, clothes and utensils. We are just bringing drinking water in bottles from the tanker. The situation is serious and the water supply hasn’t been restored till this evening,” she said early in the evening.

Bishnu said though PHE department officials had been informed about the incident last night, they came to the hospital only this morning.

The hospital superintendent said doctors’ families living on the second floor of the quarters had to carry buckets with water from the compound. “It’s very difficult to carry water all the way to the second floor,” he said.

The other sections of the hospital were unaffected as they are linked by a separate water line.