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UAE humanitarian programme ensures clean drinking water in flood hit areas in Pakistan

posted on 26/06/2011: 1038 views



Swat Valley - The UAE project to help Pakistan continued its humanitarian efforts through the implementation of a number of development projects. The projects were chalked out as per directives of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of the flood that devastated Pakistan last year.

It has been estimated that one third of the entire Pakistani population suffer from the lack of pure drinking water and over 46 percent among them have no access to proper sanitation facilities.

The directorate of the UAE project to help Pakistan announced that a total of 64 projects for distribution of drinking water has been completed. The projects include digging of water wells, establishment of water purification stations and construction of pipelines to carry pure drinking water into around 64 villages in various provinces in Pakistan at a total cost of US$ 6 million.

Almost 60 percent of these projects have been completed so far, it was announced.

A report released by the directorate noted that the development projects focused mainly on the provision of basic needs such as clean drinking water and sanitation, in the absence of which life threatening diseases like hepatitis and malaria will spread.

A villager described to the Emirates News Agency (WAM) the situation in flood hit areas, where people drink from ponds with stale water polluted with human residues and animal dung. He said that the Emirati humanitarian programme will provide them with fresh and clean drinking water. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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