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On the 26th the ICRC said this (in Press release No. 03/21) : "IRAQ: WATER SUPPLY PARTLY RE-ESTABLISHED IN BASRA "Geneva (ICRC) - Iraqi water engineers and staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have managed to partially restart the main water pumping facility serving the city of Basra in southern Iraq. The ICRC estimates that 50 per cent of the city's approximately 1.5 million inhabitants now have access to drinking water. This latest development will also considerably improve the quality of the drinking water available to the people of Basra. "Technicians from the Basra Directorate of Water and ICRC engineers managed to start up three out of six back-up generators at Wafa' Al-Qaed pumping station. The station had not been operating since last Friday when electricity was cut off. However, a number of spare parts are still needed before it will be possible to start the three remaining back-up generators. The ICRC and local technicians are continuing their efforts to get the pumping station running normally again. "The ICRC remains concerned about the situation in other urban centres south of Basra that have been disconnected from the water-supply network since last Friday. These include Al-Zubayr, Safwan and Jabjud. It has so far not been possible to carry out repair work in these areas. "The repair work at Wafa' Al-Qaed became possible after the ICRC contacted all parties to the conflict in Iraq to obtain security assurances for its staff and the technicians of the Basra water board. The ICRC carried out the work with the full support and cooperation of the parties to the conflict." In message <BAY1-F85XZiRAECJigl0001caaf@hotmail.com>, Bert Gedin <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes > >Dear ppg & List, > >After some 'armchair-googling': 'The Independent', UK (on-line), March 23, >-03, has this article: "Cholera Warning as Red Cross tries to restore clean >water." Quote: "The International Red Cross (ICRC) said it >had sent a team into Basra despite the fighting between British & Iraqi >soldiers, after obtaining guarantees from both sides". > >Greetings, >Bert Gedin >Birmingham, UK. > > >>From: "ppg" <email@example.com> >>To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>Subject: [casi] Int'l Red Cross in Basra >>Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 11:42:28 -0500 >> >>If it is true that officials of Basra have asked the Int'l Red Coss to >>provide an escorted safe passage to allow Basra engineers access to the >>electrical power plant that was struck cutting off pure water supply to >>Basra civilians, would that not be more effective and faster than the >>complicated plans the Brits are projecting for building a "water pipeline >>from Kuwait to Basra"? >> >>The Red Cross reply was (I think!) that a temporary cease-fire on both >>sides >>would be required forRed Cross action to save lives in Basra. >>Anybody know more about this sensible proposal in the midst of complete >>insanity? >> >>pg, nyc >> >> >>_______________________________________________ >>Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. >>To unsubscribe, visit >>http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss >>To contact the list manager, email email@example.com >>All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk > > >_________________________________________________________________ >On the move? Get Hotmail on your mobile phone >http://www.msn.co.uk/msnmobile/mobilehotmail > > >_______________________________________________ >Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. >To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss >To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org >All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk -- Cathy Aitchison _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk