UNICEF Launches Clean Drinking Water Scheme in Chitral

Chitral: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pakistan with the support of Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom launched a Rehabilitation of the Angarghoon drinking water supply scheme in chitral. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Pakistan, Angela Kearney and Chitral Deputy commissioner Osama Ahmed Warriach on Friday inaugurated the rehabilitation of drinking water scheme.

Speaking on the occasion Angela Kearney, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Pakistan said that UNICEF is grateful to the Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the District Administration of Chitral and DFID for its generous support not only for this particular water scheme but also for their overall support to our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene emergency response after the floods and the earthquake in Chitral.

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These schemes have been restored on the principle of ‘build back better’ incorporating the elements of the disaster risk reduction to help communities be better prepared for a disaster and minimize its effects. “Recurrent natural disasters in Chitral during the last few months have made it evident that climate change is having an adverse effect on this region,” Angela Kearney added.

Osama Ahmed Warriach the deputy commissioner said that the district government was grateful to UNICEF and DFID for their generous support in restoring this water scheme which is the main source of safe drinking water for the people of Chitral. People in this region have suffered due to recurrent natural calamities and the district authorities are trying their utmost to rehabilitate the affected population.

UNICEF Representatives with Chitral Deputy commissioner Osama Ahmed Warriach
UNICEF Representatives with Chitral Deputy commissioner Osama Ahmed Warriach

This scheme is the largest and the only source for safe drinking water in the area, it is expected to benefit over 80,000 people in Chitral and the neighbouring villages, said a press release received here. With an estimated cost of $223,000, rehabilitation of the Angarghoon water supply scheme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. UNICEF has proactively restored 20 drinking water schemes in Chitral district and another 21 in Shangla district, within months of the floods and the earthquake that struck the region in 2015.

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