Around 400 residents of the Daghestani town of Izberbash protested in front of the local mayor’s office on Tuesday, demanding their water access be restored. Houses in the town have been without water for the last three weeks.
In Armenia’s capital Yerevan, drinking fountains can be found on almost every street corner. But in the neighbouring Armavir Province to the west, water quality is so low that villages rely on private delivery lorries, bringing clean water to the villages each morning.
A dispute over access to drinking water in Daghestan’s Levashi District turned violent on 6 August, when a riot broke out between around a hundred residents of Tsukhta and Chuni. This was the latest escalation in a running conflict between the two villages.