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Hi Niall, I am the adviser for the Shelter and Camp Management Cluster co-lead in Malawi and have been working closely with UNICEF WASH Cluster coordinator and also have a WASH background. As mentioned above, removal of superstructures and dalles/slabs followed quickly by filling in of pits is best. The pits should be filled to create a domed shape above as they will settle. Be careful to ensure that the pits are not full of very squishy material otherwise there may be a chance of someone casually walking over the mound breaking through and suffering harm. Some of the superstructure materials may then be sterilised and re-used for shelter repairs or for the construction of temporary shelters. Planting trees in pits is another great idea. In my opinion all temporary latrines should be decommissioned in this way but I am aware of an agreement between some UNICEF partners in Zomba and the schools used as collective centres which leaves the temporary latrines in place with a written commitment from the School Council to maintain and decommission the latrines with a safeguard from the UNICEF partner to ensure this is the case. I am using email: coord dot malawi at sheltercluster dot org if you want to communicate further on this or need someone to press UNICEF WASH (in the absence now of Fritz) for advice.