After a flood has happened, it is important that the area that it happened in rebuilds as quickly as possible. This is important because homes will be easier to access if they are fixed soon after the flood. It is also important for the sewage system and for people to be able to have access to clean water. When rebuilding efforts occur shortly after flooding has happened, the town is more likely to be able to become a better place as a result of the flood. There is also a reduced number of diseases that can be attributed to the flood.
When a flood happens, people not only have to worry about drowning in the floodwaters or losing their homes, they also have to worry about the diseases that can come from the floodwaters. Diseases can spread quickly through water that is a result of a flood and the water supply system can become contaminated easily. Anyone who drinks water directly from the flood or who drinks it out of the tap in their home is putting themselves at risk for becoming contaminated with a flood-related disease. There are some things that people can do to ensure that they do not get these diseases.
Hypochlorite is passed out to people during flood times. According to the Extra article, Sergio Cortes, the secretary of health, has been passing out bottles of the chemical to ensure that people are able to get the clean water that they need. Hypochlorite can be placed directly in the water tanks of homes to ensure that the people get water right out of their tap that is clean and healthy to be able to bathe in. It is only safe for these purposes and should not be used for drinking water until the flooding is completely cleaned up.
If anyone needs to drink water, which is a necessity, Sergio Cortes has made sure that there are ample bottles of water for people to be able to pick up from the relief centers. This type of water is guaranteed to be clean and free of contamination because it has been bottled in different areas. There are also hydration centers that Sergio Cortes has set up to ensure that people get the water that they need at the time that they need it. Residents of Xerém are encouraged to take advantage of the bottled water and hydration centers.