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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 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 NAIROBI, Kenya
Kenya could generate $45 billion USD in revenue in the next 16 years if the government accelerates efforts to transition to a green economy, according to a new study launched in Nairobi last week.The Green Economy Assessment Report: Kenya was jointly produced by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Kenya’s Ministry of Environment...
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 TAIPEI
Over 30 percent of the bottled water sold in Taipei is nothing more than tap water, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by city environmental protection authorities and released Monday. Twelve of 34 items tested by the Taipei city government's Department of Environmental Protection were tap water purified by manufacturers prior to sale, the survey shows...
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...
23 Apr 2014 MYITKYINA, Myanmar
The violence between central government forces and rebels in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state has put the health of thousands of displaced people, including an estimated 1,000 children, at risk, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned this week.Children who have been forced to flee several times last year because of the clashes between the Myanmar National Army and the Kachin Independence Army are at an increased risk due to limited access to basic services, as well as possible recruitment into the armies and threats from landmines...
23 Apr 2014 LANZHOU
The chairman of Lanzhou Veolia Water Co, partly owned by a subsidiary of French utility Veolia Environnement (VIE.PA), has apologised after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company. Benzene was found in tap water supplied by the Lanzhou Veolia Water Co in the north-western city of Lanzhou on April 10, forcing the city of 3...