ISLAMIC RELIEF is working to bring water to the population of Qoyta, a town in the Togdheer region of Somaliland. Climate change and global warming have led to the town suffering prolonged drought.
Some 28,000 households are facing food insecurity – leading to reduction in the quantity and quality of their diet for poorer people. There is growing malnutrition, with both people and animals losing their lives as a result.
Of particular concern is the lack of water. Many sources have dried up and the water that remains is often unsuitable for human consumption – and may spread waterborne diseases.
The Islamic Relief “Water saves lives” project has seen the charity prioritise help for Qoyta. The aim is to drill a borehole and pump up enough safe, clean water from deep underground to help the town.
It is estimated that a borehole could provide water for over 70 years, so it would be very much a long term solution. The project should produce 15 litres of water per day to sustain the needs of 3,000 people over the lifetime of the borehole.
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