Handover Ceremony of Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid to Governorate of Al-Muthanna (Project for Provision of Wells in Al-Busayyah)

May 23, 2006

  1. The Department of Wells of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna completed the project to cope with the shortage of water in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna with Japan's grassroots human security grant aid totaling about 220,000 US dollars (about 2.4 million yen), and the handover ceremony was held.
  2. The handover ceremony took place on May 18 (Thu), starting at 15:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. Iraq time) at the etape of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force in Samawah, attended on the Japanese side by representatives of the Liaison Office in Samawah of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and the Iraqi side by representatives of the Department of Wells of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna and officials from Al-Busayyah.
  3. Al-Busayyah is located in the desert region of the southern part of the Governorate of AL-Muthanna (about 200 km south of Samawah). Since there is no source of water such as rivers and lakes near by, and are severely damaged roads. It is difficult to get water supplies by water tank trucks from the filtration plants in Al-Muthanna such as those in Al-Rumaitha. Al-Busayyah depends on two existing wells for all its water supply. All these circumstances made it difficult for residents living in the surrounding areas to have access to clean and safe water. This project is to set up four wells, and about 17,000 inhabitants of Al-Busayyah can improve water supply. The public welfare of the residents is expected to enhance through this assistance.
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