UNICEF brings safe drinking water to disaster affected families in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 12 August 2010 - The newly constructed drinking water supply system in Shokhrukh settlement in Tajikistans Khuroson district was commissioned today by the Khuroson district government, UNICEF and Tajik Communal Service. The US$ 370,000 system will supply safe drinking water for more than 3,000 people resettled to Shokhrukh following a series of mudflows that had destroyed their villages in spring 2009.
Safe drinking water is critical for childrens survival and development, particularly in the aftermath of disasters, said Hongwei Gao, UNICEF Country Representative in Tajikistan. Without drinking water and sanitation, diarrhoea and water-borne diseases spread quickly, affecting significantly the lives of children and women.
The new water supply system aims at helping people, who lost all or nearly all to disasters, begin their new lives with a better chance of staying healthy, said Alimurod Tagoymurodov, head of the Tajik Communal Service.
Following floods and mudflows in Tajikistan’s southern Khatlon province in spring and summer 2009, UNICEF responded by providing affected families in resettlement camps with water tanks and jerry cans for water storage, temporary latrines and washing facilities, water purification, hygiene and disinfection means. In addition, UNICEF mobilised local NGOs to raise the affected families’ awareness about simple but crucial hygiene practices, such as handwashing with soap.
The newly built water supply system brings safe drinking water directly to every house in the settlement. The construction of the system exemplifies a sustainable response to an emergency situation in Tajikistan.
The construction of the water supply system in Shokhrukh was financially supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and UNICEF.
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