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Thursday, 6 January, 2005

UN warns 150,000 could die without urgent care

On the eve of the launch of a massive emergency appeal for countries devastated by last week's Asian tsunami, the United Nations health agency warned again today that 150,000 people are at "extreme risk" of dying from preventable diseases unless access to clean drinking water and other basic needs are restored within days.

"If basic needs, particularly access to safe drinking water, are not urgently restored to all populations by the end of this week, WHO (World Health Organization) fears that outbreaks of infectious disease could result in a similar number of fatalities as occurred due to the direct impact of the tsunami," the agency said, appealing for $60 million to address immediate needs.

Read the Full Article from UN Press Center

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Anonymous Anonymous said :

See links on Ground Zero page which discuss ways you can make safe drinking water with extremely limited resources. Note the pictures for distribution: Cheapest and Easiest Drinking Water - Solar Method (SODIS) and WHO approved - Learn and Teach http://www.sodis.ch/Text2002/T-Howdoesitwork.htm

If you need this informationtranslated into your language, check how to get that done on the main page. Making clean water easily and cheaply saves lives through handwashing and hydration.

Thu Jan 06, 05:38:00 AM IST