Getting used to a new way of looking at water after the flood
Water is a problem in Cagayan de Oro. The initial rush of water from the floods that hit on 17 December carved a path of destruction through the city, destroying bridges and homes, and ruining infrastructure – including the city’s main water pipe that ran beneath the Cagayan river.
In the weeks since Typhoon Washi, local government authorities have repaired much of what was damaged on the eastern side of the city, but temporary measures have been implemented to provide water to other parts of the city. In some areas people are relying on wells, some of which have been contaminated. Flushing with chlorine eliminates bacteria and allows them to be used again.