Earthquake May Bring Water Diseases

After an earthquake, drinking water, other surface water, mud and silt, and open bodies of water are potential risks to health as damage to sewerage and water systems can occur. Here are tips to avoid getting sick from stomach bugs and other illnesses.

  • Boil tap water for three minutes before drinking, brushing teeth or washing and preparing food.
  • Avoid contact with sewage and assume river, sea water, or any other surface water is contaminated with sewage.
  • Use as little water as possible to flush your toiled if you have water. If not, make a temporary toiled with a bin line with two plastic bags. Cover the bin between uses. The contents can be buried later.
  • Alcohol gel is a good alternative to soap and water.

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