How long can you go without safe drinking water?
The lack of clean water puts people, especially children, at increased risk of waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera.
Right now, Yemen is facing the world’s worst cholera outbreak. Two years of conflict have crippled the vital health, water and sanitation facilities. In the last three months alone, 400,000 cases of suspected cholera and nearly 1,900 associated deaths have been recorded.
In Syria, where the conflict is in its seventh year, water has frequently been used as a weapon of war. In 2016 alone, there were at least 30 deliberate water cuts with pumps destroyed and water sources contaminated. Around 6.4 million children are in need of safe and clean water.
In conflict-affected areas in northeast Nigeria, 75 per cent of water and sanitation infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed.
In South Sudan, almost half the water points across the country have been damaged or completely destroyed.
UNICEF is helping keep children alive by trucking thousands litres of water to displacement camps daily and supporting hospitals and cholera treatment centres with safe water. We are also repairing large water and sanitation systems in the cities.
But we urgently need more help to keep providing clean water to children in need.
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