Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid to Iraq (Governorate of Al-Muthanna including Samawah)

November 18, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend a grassroots human security grant aid of about 1,362,000 dollars (about 149.8 million yen) in total to the Electricity Department of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna necessary to procure nine small electric power generators to cope with chronic power shortages in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna in the southern part of Iraq including Samawah.

  2. Iraq is suffering from power shortages throughout the country. In Samawah in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, which has no power stations and relies on power supply from other Governorates, electricity supply is constantly cut off about ten hours everyday, which hits hard the lives of the local residents. In one district in the northern part of Samawah and in three districts in central Samawah that embrace a large poverty group, in particular, a lack of electric generators which operate in case of blackouts is affecting the daily lives of the 1,260 households in the local housing complexes. Elementary schools and the pumps for water supply and sewerage systems are also unable to fulfill their primary function.
    This assistance will provide a total of nine small electric generators (six 750kVA and three 500kVA generators) to the Electricity Department of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, thereby leading to the elimination of power shortages in the abovementioned four districts and to the improvement of housing environment and the functional recovery of elementary schools and water supply and sewerage systems.

  3. This assistance, which will enable steady power supply for the 1,260 households in collective housings in the four districts, is expected to contribute to the people's livelihood.

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