UNAMID supports engineering project in Ardamata, West Darfur
On 4 May 2017, Oumar Kane, Head of Office, Sector West, UNAMID, inspected work being undertaken by the Mission in support of the state government to prevent soil erosion and damage from flash floods along Kaja River, Ardamata Valley, in El Geneina, West Darfur.
Mr. Kane noted that annual rainfall often causes flash floods in the area, which causes severe damage to the main road at Ardamata thereby disrupting movement to the El Geneina airport. Additionally, the road is also frequently used by displaced persons living in the nearby Ardamata camp. “UNAMID is supporting this project given the critical importance of Ardamata road and its proximity to a large IDP camp in West Darfur. By doing so, we are protecting both the people and a major asset,” said Mr. Kane, adding that he hopes this project will ensure continued access and assistance to displaced people during the rainy season.
The project, which began on 25 April and is expected to be completed in one month, was implemented following a request from the Ministry of Planning, West Darfur. It entails the construction of a 1 kilometre diversion channel to divert the course of the water from the river bank, thus preventing soil erosion, as well as building a 1.3 kilometre gabion wall to strengthen the embankment.
Support by UNAMID towards the project, which is being provided by Pakistani peacekeepers, at an estimated cost of US $74,200, includes the expertise of seven engineers and the use of the Mission’s plant machinery. The Ministry of Planning is collaborating with UNAMID and has also designed the project. Additionally, they are supporting the Mission’s efforts by providing engineers and machinery.
Upon the conclusion of his inspection, Mr. Kane expressed satisfaction with the progress made on the project and commended all involved for the excellent quality of work on the project.