Tsunami shelters lack basic facilities

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OF NO USE: Bathrooms sans roof and water at tsunami temporary shelters in Nagapattinam.
OF NO USE: Bathrooms sans roof and water at tsunami temporary shelters in Nagapattinam.

Staff Reporter

Maintenance is also poor

Nagapattinam: The condition of the much-publicised new facilities created by the non governmental organisations (NGO) after the tsunami here leaves much to be desired. The new infrastructure at several temporary shelters are not being maintained properly for the want of proper follow up by the NGOs and the donor agencies coupled with the absence of awareness on the part of the residents.

The toilets at the temporary shelter near the Oosimatha Kovil Street near the harbour has no water supply. The toilets are so unhygienic that people cannot use them. There is a heap of plastic garbage behind the toilet complex. The bathrooms constructed near the temporary shelters on the same road are no longer useful. The superstructure disappeared several months ago and no one has cared to reconstruct it. As a result, the residents cannot use the bathroom. The bathtub is being used for storing wood. Enquiries reveal that the motor for providing water to the bathrooms and toilets is also out of order.

Garbage and plastic bags are strewn all over the town. One wonders how far the huge sum of money allotted for the improvement of basic cleanliness, health and hygiene have improved the health status of the people and environment of the town.

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