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Thousands left without water due to burst pipe in east London

People have been panic buying bottles of water in local shops (credit: Steve Johnson)

A burst pipe has left thousands of people in east London without access to water.

Homes in nine postcodes have no water or low pressure because a main ruptured in Hackney Marshes yesterday afternoon. It has affected most of Newham as well as Wanstead and Leyton. 

Thames Water has apologised for the inconvenience and says disruption is expected to last throughout the day. 

The company has been working through the night to fix the 42-inch-diameter pipe, which is in a heavily wooded area. 

It has also brought in extra staff to operate a fleet of tankers which are pumping water into the local supply network.

Residents on social media have expressed fears that being unable to wash their hands may allow Covid-19 to spread.

They have also shared pictures of empty shelves in shops as people have been panic buying bottled water. 

Thames Water is planning to set up sites where residents can pick up bottles of water, however, it is not yet known where those sites will be located.

The operator is still receiving a high number of calls and has asked people to only contact them if they need emergency support. It is prioritising assistance for vulnerable customers and hospitals.

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