Natural disasters impact the world fairly regularly. And given the recent devastation left behind by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, flooding is now a major concern. In fact, 90% of all U.S. natural disasters involve some sort of flooding.
In order to help those affected by natural disasters including hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes, one company has created a tool that can be used to aid in victim relief.
Japanese studio Nendo designed a temporary toilet to help those who were affected by any natural disaster. The toilet can be assembled using simple materials and disassembled easily for transportation and convenience.
The temporary toilet was initially created in response to the Tohoku and Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan in 2011 and 2016. These earthquakes caused major tsunamis and forced thousands of people out of their homes, leaving them to live in safety shelters.
Nendo spoke out about the disasters that caused the creation of the temporary toilet.
“A major problem for people living in the evacuation shelters was not only that the transport network was paralyzed, food was in short supply and electricity, gas and water supply infrastructures were disrupted, but also that there was a lack of toilets,” Nendo said.
The toilet is made up of six components. This includes pipes for one to rest on, a c-shaped toilet seat, a tent for privacy, toilet paper, garbage bags, and a coagulant liquid, all of which can fit in a transport bag.
“The various elements were made multipurpose in order to utilise them to their full extent,” Nendo said. “The aluminium pipes can be used both as supporting poles for the tent or as legs to support the toilet seat, and the nylon fabric for the tent can also be used as a poncho. When living in evacuation shelters in contemporary urban spaces, various everyday items and waste materials are also available to use, unlike when living in deserts or mountainous areas, where there is nothing.”
The toilet follows a creation made back in 2015, which was also made to help earthquake victims. The first tool was a kit which contained a whistle, a poncho, a lantern, and a water container.