October 23, 2009
In Manila and in the North of the Philippines, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams continue to assist the most vulnerable people affected by Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma, which struck the country on September 26 and October 3, affecting more than 8.4 million and causing 849 deaths.
Disease control in evacuation centers
In the crowded evacuation centers, MSF has set up 50 latrines, while in the flooded areas where people are staying in makeshift houses, MSF runs disposal activities to reduce the risk of contamination, as most latrines remain under water. MSF has also provided sanitation kits with chlorine and brushes to improve hygiene in some of the evacuation centers.
Interventions in other areas
Meanwhile MSF teams have intervened in Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Pangasinan, and Tarlac provinces on the northern island of Luzon, where Typhoon Parma wreaked havoc after weeks of continuous, heavy rain.
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