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Filtering water in the flood zone

Pakistan, October 2, 2011

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    Displaced and other flood-affected people sign up and register for medical treatment at the medical camp set up by our mobile health units. They travel out in their ambulances with drugs and supplies, set up a camp and treat everyone in need there. Photo: healthunit.jpg
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    Trucks queue up to receive clean drinking water from our filtration plants. Photo: Mercy Corps Photo: getting_water.jpg
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    One of the water trucks that transported some of the 74,000 liters of water we filtered on the first day. Photo: Mercy Corps Photo: unicef_truck.jpg

We've started to supply clean drinking water to tankers being run by the municipal authorities and local humanitarian organizations in Badin, home to some of the worst flooding in a crisis that has displaced 1.8 million people in Pakistan.

Access to safe drinking water is in high demand. Water trucks are queuing up requesting water from our two filtration plants. At least 5.4 million people need help, and the number is growing, according to the UN. On the first day, over 74,000 liters of water were provided.

We also launched two new mobile health units, which saw over 200 patients on the first day. Our medical staff saw serious cases of stomach ailments from contaminated water, skin disease and a very worrying few cases of cholera.