Domestic Water and Sanitation in Cyclones and Floods in Bangladesh and a Proposed Research Agenda

Bilqis Amin Hague, R. Bradley Sack, J. T A Chowdhury, Nahid Ali

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Water is one of the top priority items in relief activities but the appropriateness and effectiveness of this activity may be questioned. Water and sanitation (WS) are inseparable and together they play major roles in the transmission of the pathogen of diarrhoeal disease. Thousands of people die or suffer from WS-related diseases during postdisaster periods. Here we present WS-related experiences gained after Bangladesh's 1991 cyclone and the views of participants in a regional and a national (local) workshop on this matter held in Bangladesh. About 63 per cent of the water purifying tablets (WPTs) distributed after the 1991 cyclone were found to have lost potency. Relief personnel lack basic knowledge about WS practices and the management of WS provision. Participants in the two workshops documented serious problems in this field at both regional and national levels. Major issues for research may include: an appropriate environmental preparedness plan; appropriate waste disposal technologies; appropriate water treatment methods; self-help activities during vulnerable periods; and health education related to WS in disaster situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-271
Number of pages6
JournalWater International
Volume22
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Hague, B. A., Sack, R. B., Chowdhury, J. T. A., & Ali, N. (1997). Domestic Water and Sanitation in Cyclones and Floods in Bangladesh and a Proposed Research Agenda. Water International, 22(4), 266-271.

Domestic Water and Sanitation in Cyclones and Floods in Bangladesh and a Proposed Research Agenda. / Hague, Bilqis Amin; Sack, R. Bradley; Chowdhury, J. T A; Ali, Nahid.

In: Water International, Vol. 22, No. 4, 12.1997, p. 266-271.

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Hague, BA, Sack, RB, Chowdhury, JTA & Ali, N 1997, 'Domestic Water and Sanitation in Cyclones and Floods in Bangladesh and a Proposed Research Agenda', Water International, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 266-271.
Hague, Bilqis Amin ; Sack, R. Bradley ; Chowdhury, J. T A ; Ali, Nahid. / Domestic Water and Sanitation in Cyclones and Floods in Bangladesh and a Proposed Research Agenda. In: Water International. 1997 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 266-271.
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