WASH in Emergencies

© 2010 Carlos Vasquez
Port-au-Prince. Water bladder.

By Carlos Vasquez

March 2010 – Water and sanitation seem to be the one of the top priorities in cases of emergencies. Health and nutrition are also part of the core services that people require most urgently.

The earthquake in Haiti can give us a firsthand exposure to the technical challenges and the systems deploy in such devastating events. Endemic conditions such corruption, malnutrition, lack of education and decayed infrastructure can only be exacerbated by an earthquake. The last earthquake in San Francisco caused 63 casualties and last weekend’s earthquake in Chile has caused 711 deaths so far. In Haiti, the first day after the disaster 17,000 people were buried in a common grave.

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