Detroit resident turns on water tap
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Waiting for water in the debt-hit US city of Detroit

Residents in the debt-hit US city of Detroit have been waiting for water to be reconnected in their homes - in some cases, having spent days without supplies.

The water company is owed more than $80m and says it cannot afford such a large amount of unpaid bills.

Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July 2013, and hopes to cut its current debt bill of $12bn to a more manageable $5bn.

Samira Hussain reports on the day-to-day struggles of people living in Detroit, as the city attempts to climb out of its financial problems.

  • 02 Sep 2014
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