Typhoon news seems to be off the front pages of the Filipino media, but stories are still appearing. Via the Manila Bulletin: Still no clean water in Tacloban. Excerpt:
Nearly a month after super typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in Tacloban, Leyte, there is still no clean tap water in this calamity area.
Local health authorities have warned the people of Tacloban against drinking their tap water after most of their water systems were contaminated during the onslaught of the super typhoon.
“Water here is really dangerous and not safe for drinking. We advise residents not to drink directly from faucets,” Health assistant secretary Rosell Paulyn-Ubial said during an inter-agency relief meeting in Tacloban City.
Of the 45 water systems tested by the DOH, Ubial said they found coliform contamination in 29 water system. Coliforms are bacteria found in feces of man and animals.
Until the water systems are free from bacteria, the health department advised the public to boil water for at least 20 minutes before drinking.
The DOH has also provided Tacloban households with water purification treatments such as aquatabs and chlorine solutions. All water sources, including tanks and refilling stations in Tacloban, are also being inspected.
Meantime, the health department reported cases of diarrhea in Tacloban but assured there is no outbreak of the illness.
“We don’t want this to be blown out of proportion. We need to remove contaminants from the drinking water. Our teams are going around to establish areas for water chlorination,” Ubial said.
To prevent any spread of dengue, the health official also urged residents to implement “search-and-destroy” in households as well as in evacuation centers.
“Let us cover containers with water where mosquitoes could thrive. And let us maintain sanitation and cleanliness in our respective areas,” she said.