UAE water aid for flood-hit Pakistanis

June 25th, 2011 - 10:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 25 (IANS/WAM) The UAE has provided drinking water to 64 Pakistani villages, devastated by floods last year, as part of a $6-million initiative involving digging of water wells, setting up of water purification stations and laying of pipelines.

According to the Emirates news agency, one-third of the Pakistani population lacks drinking water and over 46 percent have no access to proper sanitation facilities.

The project directorate has announced that the task to supply drinking water to 64 villages has been completed.

The focus was mainly on providing clean water and sanitation for preventing diseases like hepatitis and malaria, it said.

A villager told WAM that for drinking water people had to resort to ponds that were contaminated with human excreta and animal dung.

–IANS/WAM
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