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Bohol Earthquake — WASH Cluster Response Bulletin – March-April 2014

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WASH Cluster reinforces community engagement & reduction of public health risks

Six months after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol Province on 15 October 2013, significant intervention on water, sanitation and hygiene needs were provided to affected children and families.

Based on the Bohol Earthquake Summary Report of World Health Organization and Department of Health on the Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Dis-aster (SPEED), the weekly trend of Acute Watery Diar-rhea (AWD) consultations among the municipalities with significant number reported from January 1 to March 22, 2014, shows that starting 1st week of March 2014, there is continuous decrease in consultations.

This can be attributed to the concerted efforts of the gov-ernment, humanitarian partners both local and interna-tional in immediately addressing the WASH needs of affected population. For the WASH Cluster, the gaps that needs to be filled up is the provision of latrines to families that will be recipient of core houses and top up core houses from different organizations working in Bo-hol.

From evacuation camps to transitional shelters and permanent relocation sites

The remaining 426 families (1,886 Individually Displaced Persons) in the 18 evacuation camps (ECs) started to move out from the ECs to transitional shelters and per-manent relocation sites. Emergency latrines are being decommissioned and there are new construction of com-munal type semi-permanent latrines and bathing facili-ties in sites with transitional shelter. For IDPs that are moving out to permanent relocation sites, the WASH Cluster and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster requested support of the Provincial Government through the Provincial Health Office to pro-vide latrine kits for individual families.