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It is critical that the affected communities have access to safe drinking water. Phill Magakoe /AFP via Getty Images

Floods create health risks: what to look out for and how to avoid them

The displacement of people and overcrowding that often results from flooding provide optimal conditions for outbreaks of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness.
A man is seen searching through debris at the Blue Lagoon beach following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images

Local knowledge adds value to mapping flood risk in South Africa’s informal settlements

Flooding is arguably even more problematic in informal settlements because of the lack of planning.
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Governments love to talk about ‘shared responsibility’ in a disaster – but does anyone know what it means?

There is a huge amount of legislation talking about ‘shared responsibility’ but it isn’t clear what this means or who needs to do what and when.

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