US announces $326,000 assistance for Chitral flood-affected areas

Published: October 2, 2015
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USAID began helping repair 10 gravity-flow water supply pipelines that provide drinking water to over 11,000 people. PHOTO: AFP

USAID began helping repair 10 gravity-flow water supply pipelines that provide drinking water to over 11,000 people. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The United States announced on Friday it is providing $326,000 this year through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to help repair Chitral’s drinking water infrastructure and agricultural economy in response to the July 2015 flash floods in the district.

“We are working to restore the provision of food and drinking water, and put people’s lives back on track as soon as possible,” said USAID Mission Director John Groarke in a statement issued in Islamabad.

Read: Natural calamity: Recurring floods in Chitral make relief work difficult

“I want the distressed families to know that the American people stand with them during these trying times,” he added.

This week, USAID began helping repair 10 gravity-flow water supply pipelines that provide drinking water to more than 11,000 Pakistanis in the Ayun union council of Chitral.

In addition, the United States government will buy 141 metric tonnes of wheat seed, enough to support 3,500 farming families, and help nearly 100 small businesses reopen, including 30 water mills, which are essential for grinding grains.

Read: Post floods in Chitral: Former JI MP gives government 15-day ultimatum

Since 2009, the US government has contributed more than $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to Pakistan.

Over 300,000 people were affected by the calamity, the provincial government said at the time.

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