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Water supplies cut in Chinese city after power cable severed by workmen

People in central areas of Nanchang without water for over 24 hours, according to radio report

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 11:59am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 11:59am

People living in a city in eastern China were without water for more than a day after a utility company was hit by a power outage, according to a media report.

A severed electric cable led to the power failure at the water company in Nanchang in Jiangxi province, China National Radio reported.

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Water supplies were cut off from Saturday night until Sunday evening after workers mistakenly cut the cable while working at a crossroads, the city’s water authority said.

Most city centre areas were affected and it led to rush to buying drinking water, the report said.

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Barrelled water sold out at some supermarkets and many restaurants had to close.

The water authority has complained about how the construction work was carried out and said it had not been notified that a cable had been cut supplying its plant.