The world is experiencing an unprecedented number of emergencies. Both natural in terms of earthquakes, cyclones, droughts, as well as wars and political violence such as Syria, Yemen, Burundi. On top of these we have seen recently health related crisis with Ebola in West Africa and the Zika virus in South and Central America.
Paul Sherlock presents an overview about the importance of water in an emergency.
These crises have created very large numbers of refugees and Internatally Displaced People (IDPs) all needing water to survive. As the world becomes more urbanised the world is also seeing more crisis in cities such as Haiti and Katmandu.
Over the years the aid agencies and the UN have developed a range of equipment, techniques , software and processes to try and cope with the water and sanitation needs of the increasing number of people displaced by these events.
There is however still a lot of questions to answer. A recent development by the UN to coordinate all the inputs and agencies called a cluster approach has been working for 10 years and proved in the water sector to be working well. However, there is now the question being asked "Is this the right way forward?”
As technology has proved that we can put someone on the moon, it has not as yet shown us how to solve all of our emergency water problems.
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