Weekly Water Report Southern & Eastern Asia News and Articles

Modi Mission Seeks Piped Water For All Indians

DELHI, India

In an India Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a need for definitive progress in addressing challenges of eliminating poverty and corruption, managing population growth and providing drinking water to all.

Philippines Auditors Question Kaliwa Dam Contract Award To Chinese Contractors

MANILA

The Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the selection of the contractor for the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project which would be funded through an Official Development Assistance loan.

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Another New Deadline For Hyflux Rescue Package

SINGAPORE, Singapore

Financially-stressed environment sevices company Hyflux Ltd (Singapore) has announced that it will “engage exclusively” with white-knight Utico, the United Arab Emirates utility.

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China Rare Earth Extractor Continues To Breach Environment Regulations

SHANGHAI, China

Ganxian Hongjin Rare Earth, a subsidiary of China's state-owned Minmetals continues to violate environmental protection laws and has not corrected a number of pollution offenses, despite several warnings from the country's Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

Cambodia Lake Threatened By Mekong Crisis

PHNOM PENH

In July the Mekong River, the precious lifeline for four Southeast Asian countries and China’s Yunnan Province, fell to its lowest levels in 100 years, the victim of increasing climate change, agricultural runoff and a plethora of upstream dams that threaten its existence.

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Water Supply Recommences In Tripoli

TRIPOLI

Libya’s Tripoli-based Water Authority announced today that electricity has been reconnected to the Man-Made River Project wells in the Hasawna region located about 450 km south of Tripoli. With this, it said that water has started to be pumped into the Greater Tripoli and Western region.

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Holy Inappropriate: Bali Tourists Apologize After Temple Butt Splashing Incident

PADANGTEGAL

In today's instalment of holidaymakers behaving badly, two tourists have apologised after one of them was caught splashing holy water on the other's butt. In the offending video, Sabina Dolezalova and Zdenek Slouka, fitness models, can be seen hugging and laughing on temple grounds.

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Waterborne Disease "Timebomb" Warning For Kwekwe, Zimbabwe

KWEKWE

The current power shortages bedeviling the country could trigger fresh waterborne disease outbreaks with Kwekwe now sitting on a time bomb, a senior official in the Midlands city has warned. Added to this is a crippling shortage of water treatment chemicals, a problem that has also affected Harare.

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Ugandan Pastoralists Consider Crop Farming Alternatives

KAMPALA

In northeastern Uganda, Karimajong pastoralists have a reason to smile. Their herds are looking healthy and strong. The rainy season has brought lots of pasture and water to this region mostly known for its arid conditions. In a couple of weeks, this lush vegetation will turn to this; scorched and bare earth.

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Dam Releases And Coastal Evacuations Ordered In Monsoon-Hit Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India

Heavy rains in southwest India have caused major disruption to water and power supply in the state of Kerala, with water supply systems disrupted, and reservoirs reaching capacity levels.

MWSS Board Member Claims No Knowledge Of Controversial Kaliwa Dam

MANILA, Philippines

A newly appointed member of the Manila, Philipines, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), has claimed that he has no personal knowledge of the high-profile and controversial Kaliwa Dam project.

Typhoon Lekima Causes Multiple Deaths, Human Displacement In China

BEIJING, China

The death tool attributed to Typhoon Lekima in Eastern China has risen to 49 with 21 reported missing as of August 12.

More than a million residents have been displaced, and 2 million suffered power outage since Lekima hit the three Chinese provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong and Anhui over the weekend, with economic losses of at least $3.7 Billion USD according to state media which reported that rainfall recorded at the weekend in Shandong province was the largest since records began in 1952.

Myanmar Communities Not Adequately Consulted About Dam Building Program

YANGON

Plans to build dams on the Tanintharyi River would affect about 32,000 people in communities that have never been adequately consulted, according to a report by three Karen civil society groups that calls for a halt to the projects.

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Fukushima Radioactive Water Storage Capacity Will Hit Limit In 2022

TOKYO

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. has found that treated water from the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is expected to reach full storage capacity by around the summer of 2022 if produced at its current rate.

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Long Lost Thailand Temple Emerges From Reservoir As Water Levels Drop

MUEANG LOPBURI DISTRICT

A long-lost temple has reemerged from the watery depths of a dam reservoir in Thailand, drawing in thousands of curious onlookers, tourists, and Buddhist monks. The Buddhist temple of Wat Nong Bua Yai was a central part of community life in villages of Lopburi province in Central Thailand until the land was flooded some 20 years ago during construction of the dam.

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Bangkok Hospital Declares Water Shortage Emergency

BANGKOK

Surin Hospital declared an emergency on Friday, saying it was receiving only 10% of the water it requires to provide normal services, as the province continues to suffer from a severe drought. The absence of rain has led to tap water drying up in Muang district, and Surin Hospital is now relying on help from other agencies to ease the shortage.

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