Nightly News | November 12, 2013
>> Reporter: this is dr. nancy
snyderman. water and wind, devastating this
now, there is another threat. water-borne infectious disease .
61-year-old edgar arabella is
living in a shack, drinking
dirty water . he has lost everything.
>> i am just tired.
supposed to be drinking sea
water and dirty waters.
trying to survive.
>> Reporter: we're now dealing
with a new health emergency,
and that is lack of good water.
when the storm surge swamped
tacloban, the already fragile
water system was one of the
clean water is now very hard to
find and people are now drinking
from and bathing in the same
water that is filled with
sewage, corpses, and debris.
that has health officials
worried. what are the risk factors to
babies, middle aged people , and
elderly when they come into
contact with bad water? >> the risks are -- the risks to
their health, they could get
diarrhea, and typhoid fever , it
could aggravate the situation.
>> Reporter: these are illnesses
that the doctor is beginning to
see. have you seen cases of diarrhea
>> mostly children.
we have cases of severely
dehydrated children in dysentery
there are few places to turn for
bottled water when it can be
found is only a stopgap.
lank tanks are needed, but there
is no flow in tacloban.
>> the only source they have
right now with the power linesdown are wells, open wells.
and they're saying it is not
even fresh water .
it's quite salty.
>> Reporter: water, so necessary
to life and now also a threatfor life.
water-borne illnesses can ravage
a town that has no
just giving health officialshere on the ground one more
reason for concern.
brian? >> dr. nancy snyderman reporting
from manila for us tonight.
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