Baghdad just can't get a break.
Besides the bombings, bullets and the blistering summer heat, Baghdad now has no running water.
Most of the city has been without water for at least the past 24 hours. And many large sections in the west of the capital had been virtually dry for six days.
Iraq's already-strained power grid can't provide the juice needed to run the water purification and pumping stations.
But even if plants get the electricity they need, it would provide no immediate relief. Baghdad officials say it would take 24 hours for the water mains to refill and begin pumping to homes. And even then, they say it won't be clean.
Baghdad routinely suffers from periodic water outages, but this one is described by residents as one of the most extended and widespread in recent memory.
-- Megan K. Scott
Photo: Amira Ali gets a trickle of water from a water pump at her family's home in the Karradah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq.