PROJECTS: Iraq starts 10 rebuilding projects in war-torn Mosul

Projects include power, sewage, education, health services and a historic church

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. An Iraqi worker walks at a new water treatment plant in Baghdad's Sadr City January 21, 2009. U.S. and Iraqi officials opened a water treatment plant in Sadr City slum on Wednesday three and a half years after they began it, a sign that the area is finally quiet enough for long promised construction work. The $65 million plant provides water for 200,000 people--just a tenth of the population of the vast slum on Baghdad's eastern outskirts where the need is most desperate for repairs to infrastructure wrecked by decades of war and sanctions.

Image used for illustrative purpose. An Iraqi worker walks at a new water treatment plant in Baghdad's Sadr City January 21, 2009. U.S. and Iraqi officials opened a water treatment plant in Sadr City slum on Wednesday three and a half years after they began it, a sign that the area is finally quiet enough for long promised construction work. The $65 million plant provides water for 200,000 people--just a tenth of the population of the vast slum on Baghdad's eastern outskirts where the need is most desperate for repairs to infrastructure wrecked by decades of war and sanctions.

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Iraq has started 10 projects to rebuild the war-damaged facilities in the Northern Mosul city as part of a post-war reconstruction plan approved by the government two years ago, Alsabah newspaper reported on Thursday quoting an official.

The projects cover power, water sewage, education and health services that were badly affected during hostilities nearly four years ago, the paper said. 

Quoting Rafaat Simmu, assistant governor of the Northern Nineveh Governorate, of which Mosul is the provincial capital, the paper said the projects also include rebuilding of a historic church that was destroyed during the war. 

Reconstruction of the church will be completed within eight months while the other projects will take longer, Simmu said, adding that they will be financed by the Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terror Operation, which is undertaking most of post-war rebuilding plans in the OPEC member. 

International donors at a conference in Kuwait in early 2018 pledged to provide nearly $30 billion to support reconstruction plans in Iraq, which said it needs nearly $100 billion for rebuilding, mainly in conflict-battered Mosul.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon and Bhaskar Raj)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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