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MANILA, Philippines -- A water shortage in Manila has
prompted authorities to reduce supplies to some of the city's 10
million residents and tell them to avoid baths and washing their
The northern Philippines would normally have been hit by about two
tropical cyclones already this season, replenishing water supplies at
Angat Dam, but there haven't been any yet, the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources said.
``We recognize we now have a water shortage,'' the department
The department said it was forced to reduce supply to an estimated
480,000 people, or 80,000 households, by 5 percent. It said it
expects the situation to improve with the onset of rains in the
second half of May.
``Do not use bath tubs. Don't wash your vehicles daily,'' water
authorities told the public in a statement.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assured ``there is no cause for
alarm,'' saying in a statement that authorities were working on plans
to help farmers with irrigation.
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