QRCS contributes to project to rehabilitate, dig wells in Yemen
October 11 2020 03:46 PM


Through its representative mission in Yemen, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has resumed the works of digging manual wells and rehabilitating water facilities, with a total of 27 wells in the districts of Ash-Shamayatayn and Al Mawasit and Jabal Habashy in Taiz Governorate, as well as the districts of Al Sukhnah and Al Marawi'ah in Al Hudaydah governorate.

The project involves digging and deepening wells to provide pure and unpolluted water. Water tanks, distribution points, and solar-powered pumping rooms will be constructed.

This vital humanitarian intervention is aimed at securing drinking and personal use of water for around 25,000 villagers in the target districts. Formerly, they had to go walk long distances to bring water, carried on their shoulders, or on donkeys, which caused them health problems.

Many parts of the country lack water. UN reports show that two-thirds of Yemenis are too poor to pay for or secure a safe water supply.

Statistics indicate that more than 250,000 suspected acute watery diarrhea and cholera cases are under-5 children. Nonaccess to potable water is the main cause of malnutrition, which is threatening the lives of around 385,000 children.

Eng. Younis Mansour Al Ariki, the project's manager, said, "Work is going on at a speedy pace to complete the execution of the project. So far, seven new water wells of different depths have been dug. The water levels have been reached. Digging will continue down to the required depths".

"Six water wells are being rehabilitated and deepened in different areas, 14 solar pumping rooms have been established, and 14 water distribution points with plastic tanks have been installed," he pointed out, adding "Currently, preparations are in progress to begin work at the remaining locations, and the works are expected to begin during the coming weeks." 

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