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Qatar’s Red Crescent supplies thousands of Yemenis with safe water

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People in different parts of Yemen will get access to 27 new wells.

Around 25,000 Yemeni villagers will access clean water through Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)’s mission to build wells in Yemen.

QRCS is digging 27 wells and rehabilitating water facilities in the districts of Ash-Shamayatayn, Al Mawasit, and Jabal Habashy in the Taiz Governorate, as well as the districts of Al Sukhnah and Al Marawi’ah in Al Hudaydah governorate.

“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,” said Younis Mansour Al Ariki, the project’s manager.

The project aims to provide pure, unpolluted water for personal usage and for irrigation. QRCS will construct water distribution points and solar-powered pumping rooms, where water tanks will be distributed.

“Currently, preparations are in progress to begin work at the remaining locations, and the works are expected to begin during the coming weeks,” Al Ariki added.

Instead of walking long distances to access water, villagers will easily access it through the distribution points created by QRCS. The daily trips to access water negatively affected the villagers’ health as they had to carry water on their shoulders for miles.

“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,” said Al Ariki.

Read also: Doha calls for an end to Yemen’s devastating humanitarian crisis

UN reports show that two-thirds of Yemenis cannot afford or secure a safe water supply, which contributes to the rising malnutrition figures in the country.

According to the UN, at least 1.8 million children suffer from acute malnutrition and 400,000 others suffer from severe acute malnutrition on a daily basis in Yemen. The lack of clean water also contributes to the spread of cholera, a disease threatening the lives of around 385,000 children.

Described by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the Yemen war has been ongoing for over six years, with over 100,000 civilians killed.

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