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BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan -- Citizens of the southwestern Kyrgyz city of Batken have been living without drinking water for two days.

The director of Batken's Water Purification Department, Kalyk Orozov, told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that the department's electricity debt is the major reason for the water shortage.

He said the department owes the power company an estimated 4 million soms (over $97,000).

Last month, the local court ordered the water company to pay its debts, something it has not yet done.

Orozov told RFE/RL that the issue will be resolved soon.

Batken is a town of some 12,000 people near borders with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
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