22 Jul 2021 Berlin, Germany
Multiple flood warnings were issued, but failed to result in action. As Germany contemplates the human toll of the recent devastating floods, it identifies gaps in its communication systems while one of its top politicians shifts his position on climate change. Meanwhile, its neighbours in the Netherlands suffer zero human casualties as flood defences largely hold up.
21 Jul 2021 Washington DC, United States
As the west of the US swelters and burns under sustained drought conditions, there are wider implications for national security and global food prices. Water levels in the Colorado River system are dangerously low and states are bickering over access to irrigation waters.
21 Jul 2021 HYDERABAD
Reservoir levels are being closely watched; residents along Musi River being relocated.
7 Jul 2021 New York, United States
Agency Director Henrietta Fore highlights work done to supply 106 million with WASH services across 153 countries during pandemic response. Stresses importance of innovation in bid to meet SDGs and draws attention to continued gender inequalities associated with water.
8 Jun 2021 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Government to reduce number of cargo ships permitted on the Parana River basin, part of Brazil’s fourth- largest waterway for cargo transport. Restrictions could impact Brazil’s agriculture sector, particularly in the major farming states of Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo which rely on the 2,400km waterway for crop transportation.
7 Jun 2021 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Deadly eruption near Goma city in eastern DRC forced residents to walk long distances to access water at Lake Kivu. Bid to prevent spread of cholera.
2 Jun 2021 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Persistent dry weather in central and southern Brazil has led to a water scarcity warning, rising electricity prices, falling crop yields and the threat of wildfires. Lowest reservoir levels since 2015 cause headache for the country's largest electricity source, while commodities markets see hike in sugar and coffee futures.
28 May 2021 Taganrog, Russia
Russia’s major crimes investigative body is looking into the incident. Although accidents are common, the scale of casualties in this case has raised concerns about possible safety violations.
28 May 2021 Geneva, Switzerland
Weather-related disaster triggered 3 times more displacements than conflict in 2020. The latest annual report by the IDMC focuses on climate change as a driver, and highlights need for better data and sustainable, locally owned solutions.
25 May 2021 Tehran, Iran
Hydro dams at 50 Percent capacity, leading to power outages across the country and prompting authorities to ship water to worst-hit regions. Meanwhile cryptocurrency miners consume massive quantities of electricity amid allegations that the country is using them to circumvent trade sanctions.
20 May 2021 London, United Kingdom
UK spending on water and sanitation aid could be slashed. Charity WaterAid condemns plans with stark rebuke, claiming "the cost will be measured not just in pounds but in lives and livelihoods".
7 May 2021 Vienna
Energy security, severe pollution from mining operations, flooding and water shortages could all lead to increased tensions in "one of the planet's warming hotspots".