Hurricane Harvey, Houston Health Concerns
Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas with the heaviest tropical downpour in US history on Tuesday and is being referred to as the worst natural disaster in US history (New York Post). Close to 50,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed (The Guardian) and 37 people have been confirmed dead with numbers expected to rise (CNN). The storm has caused extensive damage; risk modeler Chuck Watson of Enki Research projects economic losses of up to $75,000 billion (NBC News). Furthermore, explosions have been heard from the Arkema chemical plant, residents have been evacuated in a 1.5 mile radius around the plant (BBC News). In addition to the physical damage to buildings and the threat of drowning, there is a risk of disease caused by the spread of bacterial, viral and fungal infections including Legionnaire’s disease (Medical Daily).
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, two reservoirs have suffered structural damage and the levees at Columbia Lakes have ruptured meaning that drinking water has now come into contact with dirty floodwater (Newsweek). Texas Department State of Health Services have recommended that Houston residents avoid drinking tap water. This, unfortunately, has led to some stores price-gouging bottled water, amongst other commodities such as groceries and fuel (Newsweek).
A massive national relief operation is underway, however, this natural disaster highlights how important it is to have potable water available on site, even in developed countries.
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