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...There are different needs due to the differential impact and a well-planned humanitarian assistance should take the sex and age disaggregated needs into consideration. Water and Sanitation is one of the many areas in which the suffering of women and girls is exacerbated during disasters. During disasters such as flood, cyclone, and drought, women and girls spend 4-6 hours a day, walking, to far off places in search of drinking water. During floods when toilets and hand pumps are all inundated, women wait until late evening to go out and relieve themselves. Many reduce their intake of food and water due to this fear.Going to isolated places also puts their safety at risk. Maintaining personal hygiene during disasters becomes a challenge when people are taking shelter in relief camps or on embankments in the absence of privacy. ...TOI on Oct. 13, 2016, 4:17 p.m.