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UN-HABITAT to ensure 33,000 shelters for flood-hit victims

Published Oct 25, 2011 07:41am

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The official said that communities will be encouraged to take part in the rehabilitation process.– (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: United Nations Agency for Human Settlement (UN-HABITAT) will provide 33,000 shelters to address the growing housing problems of flood victims in Pakistan.

The agency took up the challenge during last year's flood and developed technical housing guidelines and this year too,  is committed to help the people in need and ensure better housing for them.

A UN-HABITAT official on Tuesday said basic community infrastructure requirements will be addressed to promote sustainable rehabilitation at a community level.

The official said that communities will be encouraged to take part in the rehabilitation process.

He said UN-HABITAT is currently providing technical assistance to UNHCR funded shelter project being executed by six implementing partners.

The official said in an emergency response phase UN-HABITAT last year constructed almost 5,000 shelters with the support of government of Japan under Pakistan Settlement Flood Recovery Project.

The agency is now supporting 422 villages in 20 districts along Pakistan main rivers, the construction of 30,000 housing units, around 2,420 water and sanitation schemes, 1,200 community facilities in villages and rehabilitation of more than 36,770 households.

The UN-HABITAT is also engaged in Jacobabad to help 64 villages.

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