Water and Sanitation Intervention in Flood Mitigation Programs

by Bilquis A. Hoque,
Bradley R. Sack,
Nahid A. Ali,
J. T. A. Chowdhury,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Disasters, like floods and cyclones, are almost annual events in Bangladesh. Often post-disaster epidemics of diarrhoeal diseases cause more short- and long-term health problems than injuries and other diseases. Water and sanitation (WS) situations are associated with diarrhoeal diseases. Although efforts are made to provide drinking water after disasters, WS activities have been rarely planned based on existing situations and (or) in the light of sustainable programs. Many developing countries experience similar problems and it is important that experiences are shared and national and global strategies planned based on priorities as considered appropriate. The paper presents WS situations observed after the 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh and the findings of a post-cyclone regional workshop on WS priorities.

Subject Headings: Natural disasters | Diseases | Developing countries | Floods | Public health and safety | Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Drinking water | Bangladesh | Asia

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