The United Nations reported that four million people in the Syrian capital city of Damascus have been deprived of safe drinking water supplies for more than a week after springs outside the city were deliberately targeted.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that water supplies of Wadi Barada and Ain al-Fija springs – which serve 70 percent of the population in Damascus – have been cut.

The body reported that the supplies were cut after infrastructure was deliberately targeted and damaged.

“The UN is concerned the water cut could lead to diseases transmitted through dirty water, especially in children, in addition to the extra financial burden for families,” the statement said. “(People) have to purchase water from private vendors, where prices and water quality are unregulated,” OCHA announced in a statement on Thursday.

This is while bottled water prices had increased dramatically in the free market of Damascus, and each neighborhood in the city gets water for about two hours a day.

OCHA also said that 15 million people across Syria are in need of help to access water and households spend a quarter of their income on buying water.

Syria has been grappling with the rise of terrorism since the beginning of the conflict in 2011.

The terrorist groups are backed by foreign powers.