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21 Apr 2014 ABUJA
The annual loss of 440, 000 infants who die due to diarrheal and respiratory infections in Nigeria have been attributed to the poor culture of sanitation by Nigerians. This was revealed in an interview with LEADERSHIP Weekend by Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORCN), Mr...
21 Apr 2014 HARARE
Government has established a committee to work towards improvement of water supply and disposal of waste water in urban areas to reduce disease outbreaks, President Mugabe has said. Addressing thousands of people at the main Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Friday, President Mugabe said Government was working with its development partners on this because water and sanitation were critical sectors...
21 Apr 2014 KINGSTON
Jamaica is being praised for making significant strides in raising public awareness about climate-change issues. A United States official has noted that the nation is working in a structured way to put in place the necessary infrastructure to address the potentially devastating impact of global warming on agriculture and other environmental issues...
21 Apr 2014 CHAPOTEAU
For three years, the United Nations has refused to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of cholera to Haiti, insisting instead that it was more important to help the country stanch the disease once and for all. But on that score, it is still very far behind. In some ways, Haiti is even less equipped to tackle cholera than it was three years ago...
22 Apr 2014 ASUNCION, Paraguay
Paraguay’s water and sanitation sectors require $1.7 billion USD in investment in order to meet the goals of rehabilitating Lake Ypacaraí, decreasing river contamination in the capital, Asuncion, and increasing water coverage rates to 75 percent and sanitation coverage to 50 percent, according to Finance Minister German Rojas...
22 Apr 2014 MEIKHTILA
Some 900 Muslims from Meikhtila in central Burma who lost their homes in communal violence just over a year ago are now facing water shortages and sanitation-related diseases at the shelter where they reside. The 900, all Muslims from the town’s Chanaye Tharyar quarter, have been sheltering in a cramped 150ft x 500ft (1...
22 Apr 2014 TEHRAN
A working group on Lake Urmia's revival has prepared a new package of proposals to save Lake Urmia, which is experiencing its worst drought condition for many years. The package of proposals will be submitted to the Iranian administration by early June. Over 70 percent of Lake Urmia's water has dried up...
22 Apr 2014 LUSAKA
25 percent of all water investments -- or about 50 billion dollar -- is lost to corruption every year. The Summit “Accelerating towards a Water Secure World” will be held in Lusaka, Zambia on 29-30 April with the aim to encourage and stimulate dialogue on how corruption can be addressed in the water sector at a regional and national level...
22 Apr 2014 DOHA
Qatar's Public Works Authority (PWA) will tender 23 new infrastructure projects within the next two years while it intends to shortly award contracts worth nearly USD 1.7 billion, according to a media report on Monday. "We will soon award contracts worth USD 1.7 billion and tender 23 new projects within the next two years," said Jalal Al Salhi, Infrastructure Director at PWA...
22 Apr 2014 KYZYLORDA, Kazakhstan
At least 52 soldiers contracted dysentery after drinking tap water at a military garrison in the Kazakh city of Kyzylorda earlier this month.Authorities in Kyzylorda province officially confirmed last week that the outbreak at the facility had been caused by poor quality drinking water.The first reports of illness came on April 13, when 36 soldiers were hospitalized...
23 Apr 2014 MANAGUA, Nicaragua
Volcanologists and seismologists from Cuba, the United States, Mexico and Venezuela have been analyzing water samples from wells near Nicaragua's Apoyeque Volcano after an increase in seismic activity was detected there, Nicaraguan authorities said last week. The volcano is located approximately 10 kilometers from the center of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua...
23 Apr 2014 ROME
Lead poisoning may have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire, says a report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ancient Rome is famous for its advanced plumbing system, which brought water from the Tiber River to the ancient capital, but the water brought into the homes of wealthy Romans came through lead pipes and the beverages they consumed were made in lead vessels, Science magazine reports...