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Ensuring access to safe water in the aftermath of an earthquake

© European Union, 2022

When dealing with large-scale natural hazards, access to safe water is critical to avoid the spread of waterborne diseases and fulfill basic hygiene needs.

The devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on 14 August 2021 damaged vital infrastructures, disrupting the water supply for the communities affected by the disaster.

The EU helped coordinating the response on the ground with partners already operating in Haiti and channelled the assistance offered by EU countries in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Thanks to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and France, a rescue team installed a water purification plant in Les Cayes (Haiti), providing up to 225,000 liters of clean and safe water for the population and helping them cope with the consequences of the disaster.

Video © European Union, 2022
Publication date: 22/03/2022

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