“This new water tank in the camp means I won’t have to walk to the water distribution points and wait for a long time. Now I can collect water whenever I want.”
14-year-old Muhammad Khan in a camp in Jamshoro, Sindh The floods destroyed much of the infrastructure for supplying water, while also contaminating water sources in various parts of the country. This caused severe shortages of clean water in flood-ravaged areas and posed a serious threat of epidemics. Preventing waterborne diseases was one of MSF’s top priorities, and teams rushed to rehabilitate local water delivery systems, while trucking clean water to families who needed it. They installed water points, water tanks, water bladders and water taps, and provided jerry cans, hygiene kits and water purification tablets to communities to ensure that flood survivors had constant access to clean water. The teams also helped chlorinate water in health facilities to ensure that sick people were not given the same contaminated water that had made them ill in the first place. They also constructed latrines, showers and hand-washing points so that people had adequate sanitation facilities. The water and sanitation teams are continuing to repair damaged hand pumps and to install new hand pumps to make sure that people returning to their homes have a good supply of clean water. By January 2011, the teams had provided 2.1 million litres of safe water a day, installed 271 hand pumps, and ensured that each flood-affected person had at least 10 litres of water per day. They also installed 709 latrines, 280 showers and 130 hand-washing points for individuals and families living in camps and temporary shelters. Relief items and shelter
“For two weeks now, my family has been sleeping under the open sky. I’m happy that I will be able to put a plastic sheet over their heads.”
Father of a family in Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa For people displaced from their homes, MSF provided emergency shelters and basic necessities to ensure a minimal standard of living and prevent the spread of disease. The relief items included cooking utensils and hygiene kits (consisting of soap, toothbrushes, towels, buckets, a jerry can, plastic sheeting and water purification tablets). To date, MSF has distributed 73,708 kits of relief items and 22,629 tents, benefiting more than 500,000 people. Six months after the floods, many people have left the camps and returned to their hometowns, only to find their houses totally destroyed by the water. MSF has provided 2,000 transitional shelters to families in Jamshoro and Johi. The shelters each have an area of 25 square metres, and are constructed from bamboo and plastic sheeting. They are designed to last for a year, providing people with time to start rebuilding their homes and their lives. “With this new shelter, my children will be warm and they will sleep well at night.”
Villager who received a transitional shelter in Johi district, Sindh

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