In the remote villages of Pakistan, devastated by the recent floods, water is on everyone’s minds. After floodwaters swallowed up homes, chickens, latrines, and more, the available drinking water—from tainted wells or springs—is making people ill. In the floodwater, children play, animals and humans bathe, dead animals remain, sewerage flows, and people drink. Without clean water, there is no choice.
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It rained overnight, not the pitter-patter light rain we often hear in the UK, but a driving heavy downpour, which no umbrella however big, could protect you from.
Rain like this just adds to the tough conditions faced by those Haitians still living in tents. Working with communities to ensure camp settlements can cope when it rains is crucial to ensure camps don’t become a breeding ground for diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
It was with mixed emotions that I stepped off the plane in Toussaint L’Ouverture international airport in Haiti. I was hoping to notice visible improvements in living conditions. But I’d heard that the number of camps had increased since March from 750 to over 1,200. To me this indicated that things were not going as smoothly as planned.
Reginald, the young driver for our partner Catholic Relief Services that picked me up from the airport, knows a lot of short cuts through Port-au-Prince and showed off this knowledge on the journey back from the airport.