Floods and other water-based disasters account for about 40% of all natural disasters, worldwide. The effects of flooding can be devastating. As well as forcing people out of their homes and causing extensive damage to property, flooding is also a major cause of disease outbreaks.
Overcrowding and poor sanitation facilities in temporary accommodation set up for displaced flood victims are one of the reasons that diseases are spread more easily after a flood. Floods also cause an increase in the number of mosquitos, which spread blood-borne diseases such as Malaria. But by far the biggest risk to health is from the contamination of drinking water.
Flooding can easily cause drinking water supplies to be mixed with sewage, toxic chemicals and other contaminants from the surrounding environment. Waterborne diseases including typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A are a real risk in this situation and are spread from drinking and washing in contaminated water. The most common infections are diarrhoeal diseases, which commonly cause over 40% of deaths in disaster and refugee camps.
After a serious flood, disaster relief teams will often distribute bottled drinking water and hygiene kits, which can help to reduce the spread of disease. The problem is that transporting bottled water to disaster zones and distributing it to those who need it can be expensive and logistically difficult.
The answer lies in a water purification system that can be used on existing water supplies and after natural disasters, such as floods, to provide clean water for drinking and bathing.
The LIFESAVER jerrycan is an emergency water purification solution that removes all bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, cysts and any other pathogens from a contaminated water source and makes it safe to drink.
The LIFESAVER jerrycan filter can process up to 20,000 litres of water and hold 18.5 litres of water at one time. This water purification system removes reliance on bottled water, while ensuring that all water used for drinking and washing is clean. The LIFESAVER jerrycan even comes with a shower attachment to make it easy to wash in clean sterile water.
One LIFESAVER jerrycan can provide enough clean drinking water for a village of 50 for over six months. LIFESAVER also works with charities such as the Midwives of Haiti and aims to provide humanitarian assistance by providing LIFESAVER jerrycans, water bottles with filters, and other emergency water purification systems to disaster zones such as the 2011 flood in Thailand. This aid is supported through public appeals on the official website.
Find out how you can help by visiting the LIFESAVER systems website today at www.lifesaversystems.com