Major Water Network launched in Gari Habibullah
Islamabad, 4th May 2006: A major water network scheme constructed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was inaugurated in Gari Habibullah today by the Deputy Chairman of the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA), Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed in presence of the District Nazim Mansehra, Sardar Yousaf and the UNICEF Representative, Omar Abdi.
The water scheme which could benefit up to 30,000 people in Union Council Garhi Habibullah and the affected population of the earthquake-ravaged Balakot, has been constructed at a cost of 4.4 million rupees and includes a tube well, a network of water pipes, reservoir and pumps. It will supply 250,000 gallons of water-per-day and is one of the 63 UNICEF assisted water schemes in district Mansehra.
Launching the water scheme, the Chief Guest, Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed expressed gratitude to UNICEF for its timely assistance in establishing the water scheme. He said that it was the beginning of a long journey over the next three years during which aid organizations such as UNICEF aim to complete sufficient water supply schemes as well as an elaborate education system to benefit the affected population. “We are looking for this partnership to become more robust and to grow with every passing year. UNICEF has done a wonderful job,” he added.
UNICEF Representative, Omar Abdi said, “This water supply scheme - and other achievements we have made in water and sanitation throughout the earthquake zone – will help to prevent any significant outbreak of diarrhoea or other water borne diseases.”
Abdi added, “One of the principles we follow is to build back better. The water scheme that has been launched today is not just replacing the water system which this area had before the earthquake, but it also foresees the growth in the population of Gari Habibullah in the future.”
Since UNICEF began working in the earthquake zone in October, water supplies in several urban areas and in 180 villages have been rehabilitated. This has provided more than half-a-million people with access to safe drinking water.
In the entire disaster zone, more than 80 schemes have now been completed. Over the next two years UNICEF aims to complete up to 1,000.