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29 Jul 2020 - 12:43 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
As the COVID-19 crisis grew this spring, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) revamped its Water Office, renamed it as the Center for Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene, and added it to the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, home to the Feed the Future Initiative.
29 Jul 2020 - 12:45 - BAKU - Local Press Report
Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), urged countries to prioritize investment in water management, sanitation systems, and hygiene services, according to the official website of ICESCO.
29 Jul 2020 - 12:47 - KATHMANDU - Local Press Report
The government has finalised the investment modality of the Bheri-Babai Diversion Multipurpose (Irrigation/ Hydropower) Project.
29 Jul 2020 - 12:37 - AMMAN - Local Press Report
The Water Ministry has plans to intensify remote aerial surveillance of water resources in coordination with the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB), Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abul Saud said on Friday.
29 Jul 2020 - 10:22 - Sana'a, Yemen - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Thousands of people in war-torn Yemen could be dying from undetected cases of cholera because COVID-19 has overwhelmed the country’s health facilities and people are too frightened to seek treatment for fear of the virus, aid agency Oxfam has warned.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen is likely to peak in the coming weeks while the heaviest rains are expected in August which could deepen a hidden cholera crisis.
29 Jul 2020 - 09:00 - DOHUK - Local Press Report
Iraq’s minister of water resources says his country will face severe water shortages if agreements are not forged with neighboring Turkey over Ankara’s irrigation and dam projects that have decreased river inflows to Iraq’s parched plains.
29 Jul 2020 - 09:01 - BLACKPOOL - Local Press Report
Giant paddling pools are threatening drinking water supplies as the climate warms, experts say.
29 Jul 2020 - 09:03 - MOSCOW - Local Press Report
Russian prosecutors on Wednesday said they were conducting an inspection of a facility supposed to treat acid runoff from an abandoned Urals mine after photographs emerged of streams running orange.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:51 - SEOUL - Local Press Report
Authorities are on high alert after larva-like creatures were discovered in tap water in Seoul and some nearby areas recently, and are thoroughly examining the local waterworks system.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:56 - BERLIN - Local Press Report
The local water supplier in the municipality of Grünheide has put the factory’s connection on hold because Tesla has so far failed to sign a document that will set its annual water use at 1.5 million cubic metres, about 10 percent of the municipality’s total use.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:58 - PHUKET - Local Press Report
Phuket province is considering a raft of measures to combat a dwindling water supply caused by changing rain patterns and a rising number of visitors.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:08 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
More than a million people across Phnom Penh, Cambodia, face the risk of increased flooding according to a July 2020 human rights and social impact assessment of development of the 2,500 hectare satellite ING City to the capital’s South. Developers, with government support, are filling wetlands which store rain and wastewater with sand dredged from the Mekong and Bassac rivers to prepare for construction.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:34 - Tel Aviv, Israel - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank threatens to block possible cooperative regional approaches to solving water and energy issues while endangering the food security of Palestinians and halting cross-border environmental cooperation, a new report warns.
“Annexation, as proposed by the current Israeli government, is a unilateral act of land appropriation, which will annex Palestinian land but not people, further aggravating the power imbalance of the occupation and further endangering chances to reach a fair and just solution”, according to the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, which is based in Israel.
29 Jul 2020 - 07:04 - TEL AVIV, Israel - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Two more cyber attacks against Israeli water infrastructure were reportedly attempted in mid-July; Israeli Water Authority have confirmed that no damage was inflicted.
“These were specific, small drainage installations in the agriculture sector that were immediately and independently repaired by the locals, causing no harm to serve or any real-world effects,” the Water Authority said in a statement.
29 Jul 2020 - 07:23 - BAKU, Azerbaijan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Tension continues at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border after two weeks of skirmishes and increasing threats to civilians and crucial infrastructure.
Armenia has claimed that things are “relatively calm” and that its forces were in control of the situation along the entire border. Azerbaijan claims that tensions boiled over after Armenia attempted an artillery attack on July 12. Both sides are reported to have incurred some military personnel losses.
29 Jul 2020 - 07:44 - New York, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
“The climate emergency is a danger to peace”, Miroslav Jenca, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas told the Security Council 18 July, as he called on peace and security actors to play their role and help speed up implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.
Jenca briefed the Council at the start of an open video-teleconference debate on climate and security, one of the key themes of this month’s German presidency of the body.
29 Jul 2020 - 06:11 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced support for Netherlands water company Evides NV with new financing of approximately $220 Million USD for improvement in water treatment and distribution facilities. The purpose of the loan is to increase resilience of surface water supply in anticipation of future frequent and protracted drought periods.
29 Jul 2020 - 06:39 - ABUJA, Nigeria - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United Nation’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has extended its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) operations in northeast Nigeria in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A new $6.22 Million USD project is directed at three areas in Borno State, the largest in the region, where an estimated 675,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in temporary shelters in overcrowded conditions, where physical distancing and frequent handwashing is difficult.
29 Jul 2020 - 06:20 - PRETORIA, South Africa - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Post-COVID recovery in South Africa should involve investment in water infrastructure at the core to creating jobs, according to a policy brief by research organisation Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS).
29 Jul 2020 - 06:31 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New research from three universities in London reveals that microplastics are present in high quantities across the tidal Thames River in London and are being ingested by the river’s wildlife. While pollution from trace metals still exists in the river, it is on the decline. More recently, plastic fibres, attributed to washing machine outflow, and fragments of larger plastic, attributed to fragmentation of packaging items are now a major issue. In addition, “flushable” wet wipes contribute to the creation of visible shoreline “reefs” and “fatbergs”.