Restoring water supply in Pakistan
Two DACAAR teams of water supply technicians and engineers are now sent to the Mansehra district in Pakistan.
Mansehra being close to the epicenter of the earthquake 8 October is one of the districts suffering from severe loss and damages, and with an urgent need to restore water supplyfacilities.
As a well positioned and experienced development agency in NWFP, North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, DACAAR has been requested by UNICEF to carry out emergency assistance after the earthquake. Since 1984, DACAAR has been working with various relief and development programmes including extensive supply of improved water for Afghan refugees living in camps in NWFP.
'DACAAR is pleased to be able to assist in the ongoing international emergency efforts in Pakistan. Given our long-term involvement in NWFP, DACAAR's experienced mobile teams are used to working under difficult circumstances and it is our hope that they can help making a quick impact repairing some of the damaged water supplies in Mansehra', says Gorm Pedersen, director of DACAAR.
DACAAR's contribution to the comprehensive international emergency operations in the earthquake area will be only for a limited period of time. The two mobile teams normally working in refugee settlements close to the border to Afghanistan are now based in Mansehra where they will stay until the end of November assisting in repairing and ensuring safe water supplies.
DACAAR is a cooperation between Danish Refugee Council, Danish Association for International Cooperation and Danish People's Aid.