The story about contaminated water and related diseases that it carries. The journalists’ research demonstrated that many villages have 60-70-year-old water systems that have not be repaired, allowing poisonous heavy metals to contaminate water used by millions of locals. Many villages located in the country’s South have no water system at all.
This story was published on Azattyk website and could reach various audience both rural and nationwide.
Journalists used required information from State Bodies, analyzed them and set mapping through Flourish.
What was the hardest part of this project?
Journalists demonstrated that diseases, including Hepatitis A, depending of access to clean water, as Kyrgyzstan is a country of mountains, water resources and icehouses. Journalists were encouraged by one of the first data-journalists John Snow which developed a mapping of cases of Cholera in London to define the source of contamination.
What can others learn from this project?
Collect data from State Bodies to develop the story, and prove correlations not only based on math’s approach but also in fact.