Between last December and this month, 14 persons were said to have died of water-borne diseases at Okoroutip community in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
It was learnt that this was due to lack of drinking water in the area.
Speaking yesterday in Okoroutip community, the youth president of the area, Henry Nkan, said the community depended on ponds.
He said the only borehole provided by ExxonMobil many years ago was not longer functioning.
He said lack of medical facility increased adult and infant mortality rate in the oil rich community as many people fell sick and died of water-borne diseases every month.
The Supervisor for Education in Ibeno Local Government Srea, Mr Isaac Williams, said the people abandoned the borehole drilled by ExxonMobil when it was discovered that the water contained some dirty particles suspected to be crude oil.
He said: “The problem of water in Okoroutip community is a consequence of the terrain of the area as a result of heavy presence of oil. We are still pleading with multinational oil companies to come to our rescue by giving us good water. We believe that someday succour would come our way.”