1 toilet per 60,000 people
So I’m browsing the Google News pages, and I see something about a festival in Kerala in India — where we’re recently visited (here, and here). It’s an interesting article by the BBC about a women’s festival there with 3 million attendees. The paragraph that utterly shocked me was this one:
It is an elaborate logistical feat: almost 3,000 police, 600 of them women, were on duty around the clock. Two hundred priests positioned themselves at different points to sprinkle holy water on the pongala. Fifty portable toilets were also provided.
Now, I don’t know about you … but if I were the Beeb I might be a little surprised that 3 million people had a whole 50 portable toilets to use. I did a little math. That’s one toilet per 60,000 people. That means that if you use the toilet only once per day, you have approximately 1.5 seconds to use it to keep it on schedule. And did they really call 50 toilets “an elaborate logistical feat”? Seriously?!?