Denmark helps Pakistan with clean water during floods


The Danish Emergency Management Agency is sending a water purification module to Pakistan.

The equipment must support the population with clean drinking water while the country is hit by severe floods.

The agency informs Ritzau.

A team of ten specialists is also dispatched to ensure that the module is up and running as planned. This is what Jens Oddershede, head of International Preparedness in the agency, tells us.

“It is important to get the module sent because the floods have destroyed the drinking water supply in the country”, he says.

“If the supply does not work as it should, it can lead to secondary diseases. It is something that the country is already struggling with now,’ it says.

About a third of Pakistan is currently under water.

The country has declared it a national disaster, and the UN estimates that 33 million people are affected by the floods.

The module will be able to convert 120,000 liters of contaminated water into drinking water daily.

Jens Oddershede acknowledges that the Pakistanis also have many other needs right now, but the agency has assessed that it is the clean water that will have the greatest effect.

Pakistan has reached out to Denmark via the Danish embassy in the capital Islamabad. The country has also reached out to the EU and asked whether the member states will not assist the Pakistanis with help.

The Danish project to ensure the population clean water will last for four weeks.

The National Emergency Management Agency sent a team of three employees earlier this week. They all have expertise in disaster relief.

During the next few days, another team will leave with the equipment, and then the agency hopes that the purification module will be up and running on Sunday or Monday.

The deployment of the equipment takes place in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is financed using a pool for humanitarian efforts.

Denmark has already supported Pakistan with ten million kroner for aid work through the UN refugee organisation, UNHCR.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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