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2008.05.14

* Safe water making a difference between life and death in post
* 시간: 02 min 44 secs
* 07 May 2008

You’re watching UNICEF television 

Clean water is desperately needed in the Irrawaddy delta, where families are dealing with widespread flooding ….. and its deadly corollary ….. waterborne disease.

SOUNDBITE / Paul Sherlock, UNICEF Senior Advisor, Emergency Water:
“It’s a life and death situation for people right now. When you have this sort of situation it destroys your mains supplies, it destroys and pollutes because you’ve had a lot of damage, lot of surface water from flooding. Therefore it’s about your survival. If you don’t have clean water your body very quickly goes down. You’ll catch diarrhea, your children will catch diarrhea; it’s a life and death situation in this sort of crisis.”

UNICEF Myanmar has distributed 15,000 kits which enable families to use chlorine to treat their water. And it’s backing that immediate relief up with millions of water purification tablets.

SOT Rudolph Schwenk, Chief of Knowledge Management, UNICEF Supply Division (AUDIO):
“This morning we received a request for water purification tablets, and this morning actually, 3 million tablets went out by air. They will arrive tomorrow morning in Myanmar already. They will be used for water purification – three million tablets, each for one litre of purifying contaminated water. So this will be very helpful for the population, and as you know after this emergency there’s a very strong need for safe water.”

SOT Paul Sherlock:
"Tablets are easy to transport and they’re easy to get out, but you must have, obviously you have to have instructions for the people who aren’t used to it. But they are, in this particular crisis, one of the ways of getting to the people.”

“On the water side, the main thing to get in, is actually staff and assistance, and that’s what we’re waiting to put in to backup. We have six national officers operating which doesn’t sound very much, and isn’t in this size of this crisis. Hopefully soon we’ll be backing those up with additional staff that will be coming in and it’s those staff that will really be making a difference, together with the family water kits and the tablets, but it’s the staff that really makes the difference and that’s why we’ve got to get staff on the ground to do assessments and talk to the communities.”

As reports of the potential death toll reach 100,000 people, UNICEF continues to work with its Myanmar partners to assess the areas of greatest need and to continue to deliv

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