The South American country is experiencing its worst drought in 74 years. This is a representational image. Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Gettyimages

Uruguay's President Luis Lacalle Pou has declared a state of emergency in Montevideo, the capital city, due to a severe water shortage.

To address this crisis, the government has implemented various measures, including tax exemptions for bottled water and the initiation of a reservoir construction project.

The nation is currently facing its most severe drought in 74 years, resulting in the depletion of Montevideo's primary water reservoir.

Reports of water shortages initially emerged in early May.

During a press conference on Monday, the president announced that the construction of the new water system would commence on Tuesday and is expected to be completed within a maximum of 30 days, Reuters reported.

President Pou assured the public that water supply is ensured in hospitals, residential homes, and child and family care centers despite the scarcity.

Additionally, the government has announced its commitment to provide a daily allocation of two liters of free water to approximately 21,000 individuals who are beneficiaries of a specific program.

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