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9 Apr 2019 - 07:17 - Warrenton, United States - OOSKAnews Info
OOSKAnews will not publish its subscription-based email water news report "International Water Weekly" on Wednesday next week (April 17).
9 Apr 2019 - 07:57 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A $6.7 Million USD financing package for a drinking water project in the Kyrgyz Republic was announced April 8 by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Develoment (EBRD), the European Union (EU) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
9 Apr 2019 - 06:07 - BEIRA, Mozambique - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Since Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on 14 March, severely damaging water systems, hundreds of thousands of people have been living in temporary settlements without access to safe water and sanitation.
The country’s Ministry of Health declared a cholera outbreak on 27 March and, as of 8 April, had reported more than 3,100 cases and 6 deaths.
9 Apr 2019 - 06:41 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have agreed to "seek amicable solutions, including the possibility of dispute resolution through arbitration on a mutually agreed basis", to the long-running dispute between the countries over terms of the 1962 water sharing agreement between the nations.
In a joint statement issued after a press conference April 9, both prime ministers noted their countries' interest "to identify appropriate and timely measures, including schemes, to increase the yield of the Johor River, and to safeguard its environmental conditions and water quality", to the extent required by the 1962 Agreement.
8 Apr 2019 - 10:16 - DHAKA, Bangladesh - OOSKAnews Correspondent
UNICEF has released a new report examining effects of devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change on children in Bangladesh. With its flat topography, dense population, and weak infrastructure, the country is unusually vulnerable to the consequences of climate change.
The report, relesed April 5, acknowledges the country’s investments and actions since the 1990s to build resilience, but also calls for more resources and innovative programs to avert the effects of climate change on its youngest children.
8 Apr 2019 - 10:19 - LAHORE, Pakistan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A Chinese-Pakistani consortium has signed an agreement with Pakistan authorities to construct a dam and 800 MW hydropower project on the Swat River in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project is valued at $1.9 Billion USD and is expected to be completed in approximately 6 years.
8 Apr 2019 - 10:31 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Iran authorities have ordered the evacuation of more than 70 villages in the country's southwest province of Khuzestan in early April. At least 47 people have been reported killed in the worst rain in Iran in at least 10 years, and there is widespread displacement as floods hit the country.
8 Apr 2019 - 08:21 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched a new publication, "Addressing Water in National Adaptation Plans (NAP) – Water Supplement to the UNFCCC NAP Technical Guidelines". A launch event was held at Korea Global Adaptation Week April 8, co-hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and GWP.
This second edition of the NAP Water Supplement accompanies the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Technical Guidelines prepared by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group of the UNFCCC.
8 Apr 2019 - 08:56 - CARACAS, Venezuela - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans rallied in the country’s capital Caracas April 6 to protest water and power outages, and the administration of President Nicolas Maduro who they blame for the crisis.
The protesters back opposition leader Juan Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who is recognized as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state by the United States and other Western countries. Guaido had called for rallies to mark the start of what he has billed as a new wave of “definitive” protests to oust Maduro.
8 Apr 2019 - 07:04 - SINGAPORE - Local Press Report
Singapore’s national water agency PUB said on Saturday (Apr 6) its waterworks in the Malaysian state of Johor has resumed operations, continuing the production of treated water to Singapore.
8 Apr 2019 - 07:04 - CAPE COAST - Local Press Report
A University Don has called for the strict compliance of the enforcement of policies on pollution of water bodies and the prosecution of companies and individuals who pollute them.
8 Apr 2019 - 07:04 - DHAKA - Local Press Report
Chronic exposure to higher concentration of arsenic through drinking water may cause more deaths in young adults in a number of different diseases, says a new study.
8 Apr 2019 - 07:04 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
Japanese materials manufacturer Toray Industries will build a new plant to make water treatment membranes in China, doubling its production capacity in a country facing water shortages.
8 Apr 2019 - 07:04 - KIGALI - Local Press Report
Rwanda’s efforts to achieve universal access to electricity by 2024 have received a boost after a deal that will see China’s SinoHydro build the Nyabarongo-II Hydropower Plant.
8 Apr 2019 - 07:04 - KITUI - Local Press Report
The contractor of the stalled multimillion Umaa dam has been paid Sh536 million ($5.35 Million USD) even though construction has stopped.
8 Apr 2019 - 07:04 - AMMAN - Local Press Report
Dry countries in the Middle East and Africa should look to new technology for a reliable water supply, a UAE minister said.
7 Apr 2019 - 12:22 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The drama surrounding troubled Singapore water desalination company Hyflux Ltd took another turn April 4, when the investment transaction with Indonesian “white knight investor” Indonesia's SM Investments (SMI) was canceled by Hyflux. Investment plan and shareholder meetings set for April 5, 8, and 15 have been canceled by the company.
7 Apr 2019 - 10:31 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Ninety-six institutional investors, representing $10.3 Trillion USD in assets under management, have sent an urgent letter to 683 listed mining companies requesting full disclosure on tailings storage facilities under their control. The letter represents investors including Aegon, Aviva, and Hermes.
The April 5 letter, presented on behalf of the investors by the Church of England (CofE) Pensions Board and the Swedish Council on Ethics for the "AP Funds", backed by the UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) comes in the wake of the January 25 collapse of the tailings dam in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil which killed an estimated 300 people.
7 Apr 2019 - 09:32 - CAIRO, Egypt - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Director General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UNFAO) has emphasized the necessity to “scale-up” innovation, policies and investments in the water sector in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region. Citing climatic events and conflict as key contributors to rising rates of water scarcity and hunger in the region, Jose Graziano da Silva noted that poverty affects one in three in the countryside in the region and called for a new level of investment and policy coordination to deal with water, food and trade.
7 Apr 2019 - 08:20 - SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - OOSKAnews Correspondent
At the Sanitation and Water for All Sectors Ministers’ Meeting in Costa Rica this week, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, set out an ambitious goal to bring safe access to water to 60 million more people by 2021 and to reduce open defecation for 250 million.