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    Good article, very timely and highlights some of the most pertinent challenges for slum dwellers
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    COVID-19 and Informal Settlements - Implications for Water, Sanitation and Health in India and Indonesia

     priti parikh (corresponding) ,  Yasmin Bou Karim,  Jacob Paulose (2020)
    Informal settlements are home to over one billion people worldwide and are characterised by high population densities and poor environmental conditions. The authors identify the impact of COVID-19 on existing water and sanitation practices and potential pathways for transmission of COVID-19 in informal settlements in India and Indonesia. In the short term, there is an urgent need for mobile hand washing, washing/bathing facilities and toilets. In the long term, COVID-19 provides an opportunity to invest in centralised water and sanitation networked solutions appropriated for high-density settings to integrate those settlements into the city, improve environmental conditions and health in cities.
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      10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-ENG.AFXD1C.v1.RNQAIU

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      Page 2: Last Paragraph: Lockdown in India happened in peak summers which is worth mentioning as it has implications for water scarcity.

      Page 3: 1st paragraph: Worth mentioning here the community spread of COVID 19 in Dharavi 9an urban slum of Mumbai).

      Page 4: 1st Paragraph: Factually incorrect. Areas where Covid19 cases are found are completely sealed by Government of India (Dharavi in Mumbai and other high population density areas). Consider altering the language of the opening statement.

      Page 5: An important point to discuss here is that along with the interventions, an important thing is to empower communities so that they can make healthier choices.

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      Many thanks for your review. We have accepted all comments and amended the manuscript. See our detailed response to your comments below: 

       

      Page 2: Last Paragraph: Lockdown in India happened in peak summers which is worth mentioning as it has implications for water scarcity.

      Response: Thank you we now incorporate this point on page 3 where we discuss seasonality and climate change and implications for availability of water.

       

      Page 3: 1st paragraph: Worth mentioning here the community spread of COVID 19 in Dharavi 9an urban slum of Mumbai).

      Response: Thank you we now mention this in our manuscript.

       

      Page 4: 1st Paragraph: Factually incorrect. Areas where Covid19 cases are found are completely sealed by Government of India (Dharavi in Mumbai and other high population density areas). Consider altering the language of the opening statement.

      Response: Thank you, have added the point of areas being sealed off.

       

      Page 5: An important point to discuss here is that along with the interventions, an important thing is to empower communities so that they can make healthier choices.

      Response: Yes, we agree, and this point has been added to the discussion on social networks and how those networks could be leveraged to empower communities to make informed and healthier choices.

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