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UNICEF Launches Major Water Scheme in Earthquake Zone

MANSEHRA, 4 May 2006 – A major water network scheme constructed by UNICEF was inaugurated today by the Deputy Chairman of the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority, Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed.

The water scheme could benefit up to 30,000 people in Union Council Garhi Habibullah and the affected population of the earthquake-ravaged Balakot.

“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,” said UNICEF Representative Omar Abdi.

In total, the 4.4-million rupees (US$73,300) network – which includes tube well, water pipes, reservoir and pumps – will supply 250,000 gallons per day.  The Garhi Habibullah network is one of 63 UNICEF-assisted water schemes in Mansehra district.

The scheme represents close cooperation between the UN and the government.

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.

For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information or interviews, please contact:

Michael Bociurkiw, UNICEF Pakistan, 0300 8550678, mbociurkiw@unicef.org
Irene Sanchez, UNICEF Pakistan, 0300 8564197, isanchez@unicef.org
UNICEF Mansehra, 0997-440303; 440308




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