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6 May 2020 - 07:22 - GUWAHATI - Local Press Report
There is no letup in the retrieval of pig carcasses from river Brahmaputra in the wake of an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.
6 May 2020 - 07:24 - Delft - Local Press Report
Short term and long term decisions relating to water safety have one thing in common: they are often grounded on results from hydrological models.
6 May 2020 - 07:16 - MELAKA - Local Press Report
Since the movement control order (MCO) was implemented, there have been numerous reports on the improving conditions of Malaysian rivers due to the lack of human activities.
6 May 2020 - 07:18 - CHENNAI - Local Press Report
Amidst the dark Covid-19 clouds, there may be a silver lining for the 10.5 million citizens of Chennai.
6 May 2020 - 07:09 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Most corporations are not doing enough to address water pollution, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) 2019 Global Water Report which comprises data submitted to the organisation by 2,433 companies.
CDP’s analysis of the data indicates that fewer than half of the disclosing companies measure and monitor water discharges, and only 12 percent have set a pollution reduction target or goal. Companies underestimate the risks related to water pollution, and only 10 percent of reporting companies viewed pollution as a principal business risk.
6 May 2020 - 07:20 - SYDNEY NSW - Local Press Report
Chinese state-owned enterprises have acquired water entitlements in Australia and some foreign water investors face limited scrutiny by the Foreign Investment Review Board.
6 May 2020 - 06:55 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) shows a new record of over 50 million internally displaced people, globally.
The Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID) estimates that 45.7 million people have been displaced due to conflict and violence in 61 countries, including Syria, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen and Afghanistan. An additional 5 million in 95 countries were displaced because of natural disasters, including monsoons in India and over 33,000 who are still displaced after an earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
5 May 2020 - 12:02 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic could increase developing countries and development partners’ focus on water and WASH and trigger transformational change in some countries, according to a report commissioned by the United Kingdom government.
“Water security beyond Covid-19”, produced by The Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D) for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), synthesises recent expertise and thinking to relate that “As the Covid-19 pandemic is still unfolding, it is not clear what the impact on developing countries or their water security will be...Consequently, there is a need to monitor how the pandemic unfolds and assimilate lessons learned. Interventions to strengthen water security should focus on four key areas: adequate water availability, acceptable water quality, water resource management, and affordable access to WASH (Water, Sanitation and Health)”.
5 May 2020 - 10:00 - KAMPALA - Local Press Report
In Uganda, Lake Victoria’s water levels have surged to their highest level in more than half a century posing a threat to the country’s hydropower plants.
5 May 2020 - 10:02 - DUBAI - Local Press Report
A world free from coronavirus could pose significant challenges when it comes to the demand for water supplies, according to Frank Ackland to managing director, Middle East and Turkey, at Xylem.
5 May 2020 - 09:58 - BERKELEY CA - Local Press Report
To meet the increasing food demand without expanding cultivated areas, agriculture will likely need to introduce irrigation in croplands that are currently rain-fed but where enough water would be available for irrigation.
5 May 2020 - 09:59 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
The economic toll of the coronavirus is forcing cities and states to redirect money away from projects that provide climate resilience, in a shift that threatens to tackle one crisis at the expense of another.
5 May 2020 - 09:41 - TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
More than 90,000 people have been evacuated in eastern Uzbekistan and in the south of neighbouring Kazakhstan after a 1 May breach in the Sardoba Dam on the Syr Darya river basin in Uzbekistan following heavy rainfall and high winds.
Around 70,000 people were evacuated from 22 Uzbek villages, and 22,000 residents in Kazakhstan’s Turkestan region as hundreds of houses were submerged, and agricultural regions flooded.
5 May 2020 - 08:36 - YONKERS NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New reporting published by Consumer Reports (CR), a United States-based independent consumer products and markets watchdog, suggests that: “It’s a good time to be in the water business: As the coronavirus pandemic spread in the US throughout March, bottled water sales increased 57 percent over the same time period last year".
“There is no shortage of safe drinking water, and health officials have tried to assure people that public water supplies are not contaminated by the coronavirus. Hoarding bottled water simply isn’t necessary for most people".
3 May 2020 - 11:01 - SANA'A, Yemen - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Since mid-April, more than 100,000 people across conflict-torn Yemen, but particularly Aden, Abyan, Lahj and Sana’a City, have been affected by heavy rain and flash flooding that has contaminated water supplies, damaged roads, bridges and power, and cut access to basic services.
UNICEF has warned that over 5 million children under the age of five are facing a heightened threat of cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD). More than 110,000 cases of suspected cholera have been recorded across 290 of Yemen’s 331 districts since January 2020. Children under the age of five account for about 25 percent.
3 May 2020 - 11:21 - TOURNAI, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
50-70 tonnes of fish have died in Wallonia, Belgium, blamed on contamination from a leak in a settling pond at a sugar beet refinery across the border in France.
Tereos, owners of the processing facility in France, admit a leak was found 10 April that led to a spill of wastewater into a tributary of the Scheldt River, but claims there is no proven link between the spill and a reduction in oxygen levels resulting in the fish kill. Belgian authorities have accused the French factory of being too slow in issuing a warning.
3 May 2020 - 10:45 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A coalition of eight US environmental groups, led by the the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), filed a lawsuit 29 April in the District Court of Massachusetts to block the Trump administration’s new “Navigable Waters Protection Rule”, which undercuts the country's existing "Clean Water Act".
2 May 2020 - 11:46 - OMUTHIYA - Local Press Report
An effort by the Oshikoto Regional Council to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic is affected by severe water shortages as many remote rural areas in the region are currently without access to potable water.
2 May 2020 - 11:48 - LANSING MI - Local Press Report
A state administrative judge has upheld a permit that allows global food and beverage giant Nestle to boost the amount of Michigan groundwater it extracts for sale under the Ice Mountain bottled water brand.
2 May 2020 - 11:42 - ITAJAI - Local Press Report
Brazilian meat giant BRF is to temporarily close its domestic Rio Verde plant because of "deviations found in the local water supply system". But it has denied media allegations that the closures is linked to corporate malpractice.