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Drinking water restored to more than 183,000 people ahead of the rainy season
Just ahead of the onset of the rainy season, which increases the risk of waterborne diseases like cholera, UNICEF and its partners have restored safe, chlorinated drinking water for more than 183,000 displaced people across the Central African Republic (CAR).
“Access to safe drinking water remains out of reach to many people who have been displaced by the violence,” said UNICEF CAR Representative Souleymane Diabaté. “As the first heavy rains have already begun, standing water and flooding increase the risk of a cholera outbreak. Children are particularly vulnerable to diseases related to bad water and inadequate sanitation conditions, and reliable supply of safe drinking water is crucial to their survival and well-being.”
More than a year after the beginning of a conflict, many displaced families still have little or no access to safe water, and those with access have a fraction of what is needed.
Among the crucial actions UNICEF and its partners have taken in the past two months are the following:
“In the interior of the country, many water points have been destroyed or have fallen into disrepair, having had no maintenance for over a year. Whenever possible, we are repairing rather than creating new water points, which is more sustainable than distributing water by trucking,” Diabate said.
In 2014, UNICEF is requesting $62 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in CAR, which includes $14 million to cover water, sanitation and hygiene needs.