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Qatar Red Crescent launches new water project in Yemen

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With the help of donations from the Qatar’s citizens and residents, thousands of people now have access to clean water in the war-torn country.

The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a substantial new project to provide water for thousands of people in five governorates across Yemen. 

The project includes digging new wells and rehabilitating existing water projects in Taiz, Al-Dhalea, Saada, Hajjah, and Rayma, benefiting around 120,000 people. 

With a total cost of $1,097,870, the project aims to expand access to clean drinking water and to meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities in Yemen, QRCS said in a statement.  More support to service institutions will also be provided through the latest initiative.

“We thank the Qatar Red Crescent for its intervention and its response to the humanitarian need of the people in Dabaa Al-Dakhil. We rehabilitate the well (Al-Lus) with the support of our people in Qatar, and about 1,000 people will benefit from it,” said Mamoun Abdul Karim Mohamed, representative of the committee in Dabaa al-Dakhil of Al-Shamayatayn district, during the inauguration ceremony in Taiz.

“It is decided that the well will be deepened, maintained and linked to a local water distribution network, to alleviate the suffering of the people, especially with the scarcity of water in the winter season.”

The hand well depth in the country ranges between 15-30m, with some providing drinkable waters and others only saltwater. 

Read also: Doha deploys emergency teams to help Yemen flash flood victims.

QRCS will carry out drilling and rehabilitation works for 53 manual wells to ensure people’s needs are met. Furthermore, solar-powered pumps will be installed, according to Project manager Engineer Yunus al-Ariqi.

The organisation will also build and rehabilitate 15 water tanks with a capacity of 50 cubic metres, in addition to rebuilding and repairing 73 other wells.

Described by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the Yemen war has been ongoing for over six years, constant air strikes by the Saudi and Emirati airforces have played a major role in devastating the country.

With casualties on all sides, the war has disproportionately affected the Yemeni people, with over 100,000 civilians killed. Right now, many are left displaced in the country with no access to basic necessities. 

According to statistics by the United Nations, more than half of the country’s districts are in urgent need of support in the field of sanitation, and more than 55% of the population in 197 districts cannot access any source of safe drinking water.

As a result, many people are resorting to unsafe water sources, and only 24% of families treat water at home.

To help aid the communities, QRCS provides continuous support for the infrastructure and rehabilitating the existing water and sanitation networks in order to prevent the spread of epidemic diseases such as cholera, diphtheria, dengue fever, and scabies.

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