Chi­tral: Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of drink­ing wa­ter scheme in­au­gu­rated

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

CHI­TRAL/IS­LAM­ABAD— Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the An­garghoon drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply scheme was in­au­gu­rated in Chi­tral on Fri­day by the Deputy Com­mis­sioner Chi­tral, Osama Ahmed War­ri­ach and the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Pak­istan, An­gela Kear­ney. The largest and the only source for safe drink­ing wa­ter in the area, it is ex­pected to ben­e­fit over 80,000 peo­ple in Chi­tral Town and the neigh­bour­ing vil­lages.

With an es­ti­mated cost of US$223,000, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the An­garghoon wa­ter sup­ply scheme is funded by the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (DFID) United King­dom. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the Deputy Com­mis­sioner Chi­tal, Osama Ahmed War­ri­ach said that the district gov­ern­ment is grate­ful to UNICEF and DFID for their gen­er­ous sup­port in restor­ing this wa­ter scheme which is the main source of safe drink­ing wa­ter for the peo­ple of Chi­tral.

Peo­ple in this re­gion have suf­fered due to re­cur­rent nat­u­ral calami­ties and the district au­thor­i­ties are try­ing their ut­most to re­ha­bil­i­tate the af­fected pop­u­la­tion. UNICEF has proac­tively re­stored 20 drink­ing wa­ter schemes in Chi­tral district and another 21 in Shangla district, within months of the floods and the earth­quake that struck the re­gion in 2015.

These schemes have been re­stored on the prin­ci­ple of ‘Build Back Bet­ter’ in­cor­po­rat­ing the el­e­ments of Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion to help com­mu­ni­ties be bet­ter pre­pared for a dis­as­ter and min­imise its ef­fects.

“Re­cur­rent nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in Chi­tral dur­ing the last few months have made it ev­i­dent that cli­mate change is hav­ing an ad­verse ef­fect on this re­gion,” said An­gela Kear­ney, UNICEF Rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“Restora­tion of the An­garghoon wa­ter scheme is a tes­ti­mony to the fact that we are mind­ful of the most ba­sic need, clean and safe drink­ing wa­ter, for the peo­ple of Chi­tral. Lack of safe drink­ing wa­ter in the af­ter­math of a dis­as­ter could lead to the spread of wa­ter­borne dis­eases es­pe­cially among chil­dren and that is a sit­u­a­tion we wish to pre­vent.”

“UNICEF is grate­ful to the Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, the District Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Chi­tral and DFID for its gen­er­ous sup­port not only for this par­tic­u­lar wa­ter scheme but also for their over­all sup­port to our Wa­ter, San­i­ta­tion and Hy­giene emer­gency re­sponse af­ter the floods and the earth­quake in Chi­tral,” An­gela Kear­ney added.

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