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.