After flooding in Laos, sanitation kits help to prevent the outbreak of
deadly but preventable disease
On 23 July 2018, a huge amount of water overflowed the construction site of Saddle Dam D of the Xepien- Xenamnoy hydropower dam in Laos, causing a flash flood through eight villages downstream in Attapeu.
About 13,000 people were affected by the floods and more than 4,270 were forced to live in emergency shelters. With high numbers of people living in close conditions with limited access to drainage and sewrage systems, UNICEF acted quickly to help children learn about the importance of hygiene and sanitation, which can mean all the difference when living in emergency situations.
Above, children demonstrate handwashing to other children in a water and sanitation outreach activity in Oudomxay camp, Attapeu – sharing their learnings with one another.
An emergency sanitation kit can help prevent disease and provide dignity when people find themselves facing crises, conflict and emergencies.