An owner of a Mexican restaurant has become an unlikely hero after providing live updates on a water shortage.

Source: BBC News

BBC NEWS

Thousands of homes in the UK were left without water on Saturday when frozen pipes burst due to rising temperatures.

So when El Chico’s in Streatham, south London had to close as it had no water, its owner decided to transform it into a community support hub.

The restaurant tweeted live updates about where water had been restored, while distributing bottled water and offering “community toilets”.

The restaurant’s owner Alper Yagmur said: “I was born and raised in Streatham so I took it upon myself to help the community.”

The 32-year-old bought 200 litres of water and offered to deliver bottles to any “vulnerable people”.

His efforts did not go unnoticed, as many people have been praising his “community spirit”.

One Twitter user said the MP for Streatham Chukka Umunna should change his name to “Chico” as a tribute to the restaurant’s hard work.

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