23 Jul 2021 Tehran, Iran
Iran's worst drought in five decades has devastated agriculture and livestock farming and led to power blackouts across the country. Authorities claim the situation is the result of reduced rainfall and increased electricity consumption. Protesters blame government mismanagement of resources and the resulting economic impact, with inflation rising to more than 50 Percent.
22 Jul 2021 THERAN
Public's ability to express political discontent curtailed. Regional shutdowns apparently to control protests
22 Jul 2021 MECCA
New type of memento distribution at this year's hajj: robot distribution of Zamzam water
21 Jul 2021 HYDERABAD
Reservoir levels are being closely watched; residents along Musi River being relocated.
14 Jul 2021 GENEVA, Switzerland
Experts convene to examine water cooperation and management solutions in Eurasia. Arctic freshwater resources; the importance of forests; youth engagement; water and peace.
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.
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 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.
27 May 2021 New York, United States
UNICEF publishes the third in its series of reports on the devastating impacts on children caused when water and sanitation infrastructure is compromised during conflict. Urges adherence to humanitarian and human rights law as well as improved monitoring and advocacy.
26 May 2021 Taipei, Taiwan
Global industries face escalating microchip supply chain bottlenecks as Taiwan continues to ration water in the face of the worst drought in 56 years. The island nation has had no significant rainfall in more than a year.
26 May 2021 Delhi, India
A shortage of firewood and rising funeral costs are forcing grieving families to abandon traditional Hindu cremations. Alarmed by the risk to water quality, the national government has instructed states to clamp down on the practice and provide support for "dignified cremations".