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

June 15, 2005

  1. The Government of Japan finished setting up four electricity generators (750kVA each) in Al-Zahraa, Samawah city, last year through its grant assistance for grass-roots human security project to Iraq (Governorate of Al-Muthanna). The completion ceremony was held on June 15 (Wed) by the relevant parties in Samawah.
  2. In addition, in order to cope with chronic electric shortages in the area around Al-Kornish Street in the center of Samawah city, the Government of Japan has decided to provide grant assistance totaling about 884,000 dollars (approximately 94.64 million yen) to the Electricity Department of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna for procurement of three electricity generators (1,250kVA) and three electricity transformers. The Government of Japan signed a grant contract with the Electricity Department of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna on June 15 (Wed) at Samawah.
  3. Iraq is suffering from power shortages throughout the country. In Samawah in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna has no power stations and relies on power supply from other Governorates. The electricity supply is regularly cut off for about ten hours every day, which hits the lives of the local residents hard. In Al-Zahraa district in the northern part of Samawah, in particular, lack of electricity generators which operate in case of blackouts is affecting the daily lives of the families in the local housing complexes. Elementary schools cannot operate, and the pumps for water supply and sewerage systems cannot fulfill their primary functions. The areas around Al-Kornish Street in the central city of the Governorate is crowded with business establishments and houses. In the area, there are also facilities indispensable to daily life such as elementary schools and pumps for water supply and sewerage systems. The functional failure of these facilities caused by the electricity cuts is seriously affecting the lives of the local community.
  4. This assistance will enable the provision of a steady power supply for the 500 households in collective housing, elementary schools and pumps for water supply system in Al-Zahraa district and also for the 1,000 households, three elementary schools and pumps for water supply and sewerage systems in the areas around Al-Kornish Street. The implementation of this aid is expected to improve the living conditions of the people.
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