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Kariba Dam collapse fears and disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Could fears of the imminent collapse of the more than five-decade-old Kariba Dam on the Zambezi river between Zimbabwe and Zambia spur Zimbabwe into more effective disaster preparedness?
Malnutrition stalks Pakistan’s desert regions
31 March 2014 (IRIN ), Pastoralists and others in Pakistan’s desert regions of Cholistan in the southern Punjab and Tharparkar in Sindh are facing a grave crisis: Their livestock are dying, their children are malnourished, and when families move to less drought-affected areas they often get a hostile reception.
Jordan pins water hopes on controversial pipeline project
20 March 2014 (IRIN ), Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps.
Factoring conflict reduction into WASH programmes
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Evidence that sanitation interventions can contribute to local stability and conflict reduction is encouraging and should be considered in programme design, experts say.
Laos’s urban-rural WASH divide
5 March 2014 (IRIN ), Laos has been growing at 8 percent a year over the past decade but rural areas, where most people still live, are being left behind in terms of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, health experts warn.
Jordanian farmers face “driest season in decades”
26 February 2014 (IRIN ), On the surface all looks well: the sky above southern Jordan is deep blue and the sun is shining over fields of wheat and barley. Some families are out playing in the fields and celebrating the first glimpse of spring.
Villages flooded as heavy rains weaken Zimbabwe dam
13 February 2014 (IRIN ), The Zimbabwean government has appealed to the international community for nearly US$20 million to help evacuate and assist 60,000 people at risk of being swept away by rapidly rising water in a partially constructed dam, following heavy rainfall in the normally drought-prone Masvingo province in the southeast.
Papua New Guinea battles open defecation
10 February 2014 (IRIN ), When Willie Savo needs to relieve himself, there’s only one place to go. “Near the mango tree,” the five-year-old said outside his family’s village home. “Where else am I supposed to go?”
Water brings change flowing in Pakistan’s Tharparkar
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), Sohani Bibi, 10, looks through her schoolbooks with wonder. It is the first set she has ever owned, and in a few months, she will attend school for the first time, in the desert district of Tharparkar in Pakistan’s Sindh Province.
Living without the state in Cairo’s slums
23 January 2014 (IRIN ), For the residents of the Middle East and Africa’s largest city, Cairo, 2013 ended with the often repeated government promise to finally provide basic services and development in the slums, where half of the city’s residents live.
Swazis give government poor marks in survey
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), A large majority of people in Swaziland go to bed hungry and blame their government for failing to address their food needs, according to findings from the first formal survey to determine how Swazis view their standard of living.
Briefing: The humanitarian cost of South Sudan’s continuing violence
31 December 2013 (IRIN ), As the conflict in South Sudan continues, aid agencies are struggling to provide assistance to the thousands of people caught up in the violence. As of 29 December, an estimated 180,000 people had been driven from their homes by the fighting, 75,000 of whom are seeking shelter in UN compounds.
Open defecation raises risk in typhoon-hit areas
19 December 2013 (IRIN ), Health officials and aid workers have expressed concern over increased levels of open defecation and a higher risk of disease in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines, where water and sewage systems were destroyed and access to sanitation facilities is often difficult.
Powerful storm and power shortages fill Gaza with waste water
19 December 2013 (IRIN ), The biggest storm in decades has exacerbated pre-existing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) concerns in the Gaza Strip, where fuel and electricity shortages linked to the Israeli blockade had already led to sewage overflow onto the streets.
Severe water shortages in Malawi
12 December 2013 (IRIN ), Parts of Malawi, including large parts of the northern region, have not received rain since February 2013 and are now experiencing severe water shortages. Women in the affected areas are leaving their homes in the early hours of the morning and walking up to 40 minutes to fetch water from the closest source.
Drought contributes to cholera outbreak in southern Angola
5 December 2013 (IRIN ), A protracted drought followed by the onset of the rainy season in southern Angola has triggered a sharp increase in cholera cases, mainly concentrated in Cunene province, where over 1,000 infections and 48 deaths were recorded during a two-week period in November, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.
The hidden crisis in urban slums
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), In Mathare, a sprawling slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, children in tattered clothes play with raw waste flowing from a burst sewage pipe. In the alley, crowded with tin-and-wood shanties, a food kiosk filled with people feasting on smoked fish stands on the burst pipe. Close by, a woman fries chopped potatoes on an open fire.
Voter priorities following Mauritania elections
27 November 2013 (IRIN ), As votes come in following Mauritania's 23 November general and local elections, the party of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Union for the Republic, looks likely to emerge the winner, with Islamist party Twassoul in second place. Voter participation estimates range from 46 percent, according to Twassoul, to 60 percent, with many voters describing the elections as being only about candidates' connections rather than policy or real change.
Conditions ripe for cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe
26 November 2013 (IRIN ), Conditions in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, are ripe for another outbreak of cholera, the waterborne disease that claimed an estimated 4,200 lives in the country between 2008 and 2009, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Disease, hunger fears after Somalia cyclone
25 November 2013 (IRIN ), Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting.

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