In the last few weeks, heavy rains, landslides and floods have affected several countries in the Region (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, among others), that have caused emergency situations with personal and material losses.
In these types of emergencies PAHO/WHO recommends that the population increase hygiene measures, including washing hands with soap and water, storing food and medicine properly, and paying attention to the recommendations from authorities regarding the consumption of safe water.
In addition, it is important to keep spaces free of trash to avoid the collapse of the sewage system and the accumulation of stagnant water in reservoirs that can lead to the proliferation of mosquitoes. This will help prevent outbreaks of acute diarrheal infections, acute respiratory infections and other communicable diseases.
Water, sanitation and hygiene materials
PAHO/WHO's Disasters Program has several practical guides on water and sanitation , as well as other material relevant to the response of emergencies caused by floods.
Water and sanitation
- Water, sanitation and hygiene in disasters - informations resources for an effective response (in Spanish)
Response to emergencies and disasters
- Guide for Monitoring and Controlling the Water Quality in Emergency and Disaster Situations (in Spanish)
- WHO technical notes on drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene in emergencies