Jakarta – Deskiel Haning of the Rote Ndao Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said the five villages were Holulai, Nentenaen, Meoain, Lifuleo and Pukuafu. They had experienced extreme drought for more than 60 days.
"The water crisis has been ongoing since July," he said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.
The agency has been regularly distributing clean water to residents of the five villages in order to mitigate the water scarcity.
Authorities also urged villagers to only use clean water for drinking and bathing.
"The clean water comes from tanks owned by the Rote Ndao BPBD and [an unidentified] third party," said Deskiel.
Several other villages in the regency have also requested Rote Ndao administration's assistance in providing clean water. Deskiel went on to say that authorities were trying to fulfill those requests as soon as possible. (nal)