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2 Oct 2018 - 10:48 - Hudaydah, Yemen - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Suspected cholera cases have almost tripled in Yemen’s coastal Hudaydah governorate since a dramatic increase in fighting between the Houthis and forces backed by the Saudi- and Emirati-led Coalition since June this year.
Health facilities supported by NGO Save the Children (Report, October 2) across the governorate recorded a 170 per cent increase in the number of suspected cholera cases, from 497 in June to 1,342 in August. The spike is in line with national data that also shows a steady increase of suspected cholera cases across Yemen. 30 per cent of all suspected cases are children under five years old, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The UN describes Yemen as the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world", with millions of Yemenis facing imminent famine as well as battling cholera and diphtheria outbreaks.
Fighting between the Saudi-led Arab coalition backed by the US and UK, and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels has killed more than 10,000 people and caused over 40,000 casualties in Yemen since March 2015. Water networks, power plants, airports, bridges, roads, schools and health facilities have all been destroyed in the fighting.
1 Oct 2018 - 11:10 - DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Asian Development Bank is to fund a grant that will rehabilitate and expand water supply and sanitation infrastructure in the southeast of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The $41.18 Million USD grant is
1 Oct 2018 - 11:27 - KYIV, Ukraine - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Over 115 peoplle have been hospitalized in the city of Makiivka in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region showing symptoms of drinking tap water contaminated with Manganese.
1 Oct 2018 - 11:34 - SOPORE - Local Press Report
Residents of Shakergund area of this north Kashmir township on Monday blocked Sopore-Kupwara highway over the alleged failure of PHE [Public Health Engineering] department for failing to provide th
1 Oct 2018 - 11:34 - CAPE TOWN - Local Press Report
The City of Cape Town's (CoCT) borehole drilling programme has scientists scratching their heads at the apparent determination of the City to drill into the hard rock of the Table Mountain Group Aq
1 Oct 2018 - 11:34 - PORT HARCOURT - Local Press Report
Following reports that Nigeria is the second largest number of people defecating in the open globally and has the largest number in Africa, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has urged the f
1 Oct 2018 - 07:19 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for countries to make comprehensive policy shifts and invest more to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of universal sanitation cover
1 Oct 2018 - 06:42 - BASRA, Iraq - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jafari called on Turkey to cease damming the Tigris river in a September 28 speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
Meantime, the number of people admitted to hospital in the city of Basra in southern Iraq because of illness contracted from polluted drinking water is approaching 100,000, with hospitals struggling to keep up with the influx of patients in recent weeks.
30 Sep 2018 - 10:13 - NEW YORK NY - Local Press Report
New York, city officials said, needs to do better at dealing with weather phenomena that are becoming more common So officials have spent three years studying how Copenhagen coped with heavy storm
30 Sep 2018 - 10:13 - PANAJI - Local Press Report
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Portuguese Environment Ministry and the Public Works Department of Goa will help the State manage its water resources better, Portugal Environ
30 Sep 2018 - 10:13 - MANILA - Local Press Report
The Philippines and China are firming up financing agreements for infrastructure projects under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program in time for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Ma
30 Sep 2018 - 09:50 - KAMPALA - Local Press Report
Several Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activists have come up to advocate for the Pay Per Fetch model, a system where money for water is collected on a pay-as-you-fetch basis from everyone an
30 Sep 2018 - 09:50 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government had said that treatment of the water had removed all radioactive elements except tritium, which experts say is safe in small amounts.
30 Sep 2018 - 09:50 - MOMBASA - Local Press Report
Mombasa County’s reliance on its neighbours for fresh drinking water has exposed the soft underbelly of the tourist haven.
30 Sep 2018 - 09:50 - SANGHAR - Local Press Report
Scores of drought-stricken residents of Achhro Thar, an extended part of Thar proper, have demanded the Sindh government should immediately supply them water and fodder for their starving livestock
30 Sep 2018 - 09:50 - CAPE TOWN - Local Press Report
The ANC is claiming victory in its lawsuit over exorbitant water tariffs against the city, which apparently conceded to its demands.
30 Sep 2018 - 09:50 - BASRA - Local Press Report
Sweet Iraqi dates adorn tables in homes across the country, but the fruit tree and national symbol has come under threat from conflict and crippling drought.
30 Sep 2018 - 09:50 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
Nearly 200 people have died in flooding caused by heavy seasonal rains across 12 states in Nigeria.
27 Sep 2018 - 08:26 - CORVALLIS, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. In this article, John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank, describes the state of the art of assessing climate change risk for water and coastal regions.
Matthews’ work integrates technical and policy knowledge for climate adaptation for practical implementation. John has worked globally on these issues since 2007 and has authored many publications on adaptive management for water infrastructure and ecosystems. He has a PhD in ecology from the University of Texas and is based in the United States.
Last April, I received an email from a United Nations Frmework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agency called the Consultative Group of Experts or CGE. The CGE organizes and hosts workshops on technical and policy topics for the national liaisons for the member states of the UNFCCC. Could I support three regional workshops — Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia, the Pacific region, and eastern Europe and the Middle East — on the state of the art for assessing climate risk for both the water sector and for coastal regions?
My first thought was that this was not the kind of question you say no to. I had never heard of the CGE before, but some research showed that their workshops span a wide range of topics. Some focus on administrative areas, but some are more detailed and narrow. CGE finds suitable speakers — the “experts” in CGE — but largely allows these speakers to structure the substance of the topic. The attendees for the climate risk workshops would be national focal points on climate adaptation. Of course, I accepted immediately.
27 Sep 2018 - 07:06 - VIENNA, Austria - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Trends in European water quality and flood management and associated legal frameworks, pollution from microplastics and pharmaceuticals and the impacts of climate change were discussed at last week