Osh Residents Clean City Canals and Ak-Buura River
Kyrgyzstan/Osh, 30 March 2012 – Residents of Osh City will be cleaning polluted parts of Ak Buura River and canals in the city to mark International Water Day. This community event is supported by UNICEF and the Osh Mayor’s office. The Osh City Sanitary Epidemiological Surveillance, the Republican Health Promotion Centre, the Central Asian Alliance for Water and local youth committees plan to take part, along with communities.
Ak-Buura River goes through parks in Osh City, but instead of being a source of beauty and freshness, it is polluted with rubbish. In summer, a lot of children and young people swim in this river. The participants hope that this summer the river will be cleaner and safer to swim in, and not strewn with litter.
UNICEF has provided spades, rakes, working gloves and wheelbarrows worth 140 thousand soms. At the end of the one-day community action, all the equipment will be handed over to local schools and universities.
The event is a part of the Celebration of World Water Day under the slogan “Clean Water Means Our Health”. International World Water Day is held on 22 March every year as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year participants decided to clean the canals and Ak Buura River as they are the main water sources in the area. Moreover, the event will be continued in other places by the partners within the scheduled cleaning days.
For more information, please, call Marguba Eshbaeva, UNICEF WASH Assistant at: + (3222) 2 66 41 or Galina Solodunova, Communication Officer at: 0775 58 02 61.