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3,000 families get access to clean drinking water

3,000 families get access to clean drinking water

May 26, 2010 - 20:43

<!--break--><p>SHIBERGHAN (PAN): More than 3,000 families in northern Jawzjan province have got access to clean drinking water with the completion of a project, an official said on Wednesday.</p><p>Around 80 wells, costing $100,000, were dug in 40 villages of the province, said Rural Rehabilitation and Development (RRD) Department Director Muhammad Yousaf Auraz.</p><p>He told Pajhwok Afghan News the scheme had been carried out with financial support from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a Christian organisation operating in the US and Canada.</p><p>Residents of the villages previously suffered from several water-borne diseases due to lack of potable water, he said. With the completion of the scheme, the issue would be resolved, the director hoped.</p><p>Juma Birdi, a resident of the Yanga Kinat village on the outskirts of provincial capital, Shiberghan, said: "From now on, we will be safe from all sorts of diseases."</p><p>Another resident, Wali Arab, called for the protection and maintenance of the wells.</p><p>Irrigation Director Abdul Israr Bihzad said only 20 percent of residents of the provincial capital had access to clean drinking water.</p><p>Abdul Karim Fahimi, the regional head of ADRA, said another 400 wells had been dug in remote villages of the province.</p><p>frm/ma</p>

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