As the first truckloads of humanitarian aid arrived in Iraq yesterday, church aid agencies also said that they are ready to move in to help in the provision of clean water.
The Norwegian aid agency ñ Norwegian Church Aid says that it has a water purification unit in Amman, Jordan which is ready to be moved to Iraq as soon as possible.
The unit will be part of a larger shipment comprising three water purification units, three water pumps and a generator being made available by the agency which is linked to Christian Aid through the international alliance Action for Churches Together.
The agencies say that water supply is a problem for many communities in Iraq and is likely to worsen as the military assault on Iraq continues.
Red Cross experts were struggling on Tuesday to restore the supply of clean water to Iraq's second city, Basra, where electricity and water supplies were severely disrupted.
The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) in Baghdad, has bought emergency kits, food and water tanks. And 50 wells that were drilled earlier at churches in Baghdad, have had pumps put in and are now operational. MECC is also buying blankets for those in need - even while hostilities occur in the city.