Philippine Floods – preparing for the next time.
Global warming is here to stay, so government and fire / rescue departments should consider the following problems associated with flood rescues.
Rescue boats are not very practical during floods, hovercraft are far more useful.
Why rescue boats fail during flooding
During the floods in The Philippines, many rescue boats became immobilized due to debris floating in the water interfering with rescue boat propellers.
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During a flood, expect fast running water.
Rescue hovercraft have no propeller to get entangled with floating debris, and hovercraft are not affected by fast running water as they hover about 8 inches above the surface.
Floods also cause sewerage systems to fail, so raw sewerage will be in the water that rescuers have to wade through to reach victims, when their propellers get snagged with garbage.
When floods subside.
Immediately after flooding, there will be an urgent need for medicines and clean, fresh drinking water and food to prevent diseases associated with raw sewerage contamination.
Diseases caused by contact with raw sewerage are caused by pathogens, such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can cause a wide range of conditions such as diarrhea and infections, such as mild gastroenteritis, severe fatigue, cholera, and hepatitis. These illnesses can be violent and unpleasant, but mostly pass after several days or weeks with no lasting effects. In some cases, however, pathogens can cause serious long-term illnesses or even death. There also also viruses associated with rodents and cockroaches, viruses from plants and viruses that prey on bacteria. Known viruses detected in raw sewage include norovirus, which causes stomach flu.
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