Over 400,000 people including displaced receive clean water in Baghdad thanks to generous funding from JapanDec 14, 2016
Baghdad – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Baghdad have completed the rehabilitation of the primary water supply infrastructure in Al Nahrawan District, where water shortages and lack of clean water have exposed displaced people and the host community to the risk of waterborne diseases.
Thanks to generous funding from the Government of Japan, over 400,000 people are now receiving safe drinking water, including 30,000 displaced people from Anbar and Diyala Governorates hosted in Al Nabi Younis camp and surrounding villages.
Governor of Baghdad, H.E. Mr. Ali Muhsin Al-Temimi, said: “We are extremely grateful to UNDP Iraq for its support to implement this significant project which serves the citizens of Al-Nahrawan and surrounding areas. We also highly value the Government of Japan for funding the project.”
Director of Water, Mr. Ra’ad Khairi Abdullah, echoed the Governor’s comments, adding: “We are so pleased to see the new water pumping system improve water delivery during this difficult time.”
UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and the Directorate of Water, Baghdad Governorate, have upgraded the main water treatment plant in Al Nahrawan through the provision and installation of water treatment equipment and pumps. This has significantly contributed not only to increasing supply, but also to improving the quality of water to prevent potential future outbreaks of water-related diseases.
ICRRP’s National Area Coordinator, Mr. Haiz Abdullah, noted: “At a time when so many families are suffering the consequences of the crisis in Iraq, the biggest burden is shouldered by communities and local governments. We are very pleased that we can support the Governorate of Baghdad to meet the increasing demands of displaced people and host communities for essential basic services. We are confident that hundreds of thousands of people will be able to improve their lives.”
UNDP’s ICRRP provides fast-track support to vulnerable families in newly liberated cities and villages where social tensions threaten community cohesion. ICRRP is currently active in eleven newly liberated communities in Diyala, Salah al-Din and Ninewah Governorates, and is expected to expand to nearly 30 locations in the months ahead. ICRRP is designed as a resilience and recovery programme to help families withstand the multi-dimensional shocks associated with post-liberation and large-scale returns.
Karim Elkorany, Communications Specialist for FFIS (m) +964 790 193 1292