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Relief after the tsunami - water supply for the island of Simeulue

Saturday saw the ceremonial handover of the water supply network from the THW to the local authorities of Kahad. This marked the completion of the first phase of the THW's post-tsunami civil reconstruction assistance for the Indonesian island of Simeulue. Kahad is one of a total of ten villages being connected to the ring mains for water provision as part of a joint project from UNICEF and the THW.

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are funding the 25-kilometer long pipeline being laid by the THW to supply ten villages with water. Some 5,000 people will now have direct access to water thanks to the pipes, which will also connect schools, mosques and health centres to the mains. The water comes directly from springs in the jungle, flowing down the pipes into the villages.

A further aspect of THW assistance is the improvement of hygienic standards. To this end, comprehensive training and education sessions are being conducted in villages and schools on the subjects of hygiene and preventive health care. This campaign aims to reduce the rates of illness, in particular amongst children and the elderly. In addition, the village residents will be trained in the technical aspects of how to operate, maintain and treat the plants and pipes.

Large parts of the infrastructure and water network of the island of Simeulue, part of the Aceh region in northern Indonesia, were severely damaged by the tsunami in December 2004 and the earthquake in March 2005. The THW was deployed to the island immediately after the earthquake to provide emergency humanitarian aid and has been active there ever since providing reconstruction aid.

  • THW Project Leader Martin Abratis (m.) and a UNICEF representative present the official handover certificate to Kahad's head of village (r.) in the village mosque. (show image)

  • The water reservoir for the Kahad village is a 45 cubic metre glass-fibre tank. (show image)

  • The well and generator building at the water source in Kahad. (show image)

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