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The race to adapt
1 July 2014 (IRIN ), Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100287/The-race-to-adapt
Market solutions to Cambodia's toilet troubles
5 June 2014 (IRIN ), Having money in your pocket does not translate into a toilet in your home, so Cambodian sanitation campaigners are trying new ways to encourage latrine construction in a country where years of awareness and subsidy campaigns have not been flush with success.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100171/Market-solutions-to-Cambodia-s-toilet-troubles
Sri Lanka offers lessons on how not to manage water
4 June 2014 (IRIN ), Angry paddy farmers blocked major roads in the Minneriya and Girithale areas in Sri Lanka’s North Eastern Polonnaruwa region last month, complaining the government had not released enough water for their rice to grow; they claimed they had lost 50,000 hectares of crops, or 1.75 million kg.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100170/Sri-Lanka-offers-lessons-on-how-not-to-manage-water
Bleak outlook for 96,000 Kachin IDPs three years on
27 May 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly three years after renewed fighting erupted in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, aid workers say the humanitarian situation is deteriorating. Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in limbo, unsure of their future.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100138/Bleak-outlook-for-96-000-Kachin-IDPs-three-years-on
Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants
27 May 2014 (IRIN ), Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera. And while the water is now slowly receding from Abu Ghraib and some families are starting to return home, Nuaimiyah Dam is still believed to be under the control of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and it is feared they could cause more flooding at any time.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100134/Threat-of-disease-in-Iraq-villages-flooded-by-militants
Measles spreading in Chad amid weak vaccination coverage
19 May 2014 (IRIN ), A measles outbreak that is spreading across sub-Saharan Africa is showing no sign of let-up as vaccine campaigners struggle to reach all at-risk children.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100100/Measles-spreading-in-Chad-amid-weak-vaccination-coverage
Water in Gaza - what the analysts are saying
12 May 2014 (IRIN ), A dry winter in the Middle East is being studied particularly closely in Gaza, where the area’s 1.9 million residents already face a number of largely man-made threats to water security.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100075/Water-in-Gaza-what-the-analysts-are-saying
WASH gains mask growing inequalities
8 May 2014 (IRIN ), Inequalities in access to clean drinking water and sanitation persist and in some cases are getting worse, although close to two billion people globally have gained access to clean drinking water and sanitation since 1990, according to new data from the World Health Organization and the UN Children’s Fund.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100059/WASH-gains-mask-growing-inequalities
Miserable conditions at camp for Zimbabwe flood victims
2 May 2014 (IRIN ), More than 3,000 families displaced by flooding in the Tokwe-Mukosi dam basin in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province are facing looming food shortages after more than three months living in crowded, unsanitary conditions at a temporary camp.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100023/Miserable-conditions-at-camp-for-Zimbabwe-flood-victims
Climate adaptation at village level
29 April 2014 (IRIN ), While some of the world’s poorest countries are still waiting for funds to help them adapt to climate change, others are implementing sophisticated plans without any funding, it emerged at the ongoing Eighth Community-based Adaptation International Conference in Kathmandu (24-30 April), which is focusing on finance.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100006/Climate-adaptation-at-village-level
Refugees, returnees from Nigeria strain Niger host population
23 April 2014 (IRIN ), There are now more returnees and refugees in Niger’s southeastern region of Diffa near the border with Nigeria than there are Malian refugees in western Niger, straining host populations who are already some of the poorest people in the world, and the local authorities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99979/Refugees-returnees-from-Nigeria-strain-Niger-host-population
Analysis: Water and conflict
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), In 2001 then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars in the future.” A year later he revised that position, saying water problems could be a “catalyst for cooperation”.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99972/Analysis-Water-and-conflict
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?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99904/Kariba-Dam-collapse-fears-and-disaster-preparedness-in-Zimbabwe
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99867/Malnutrition-stalks-Pakistan-s-desert-regions
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99807/Jordan-pins-water-hopes-on-controversial-pipeline-project
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99780/Factoring-conflict-reduction-into-WASH-programmes
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99743/Laos-s-urban-rural-WASH-divide
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99706/Jordanian-farmers-face-driest-season-in-decades
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99641/Villages-flooded-as-heavy-rains-weaken-Zimbabwe-dam
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?”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99621/Papua-New-Guinea-battles-open-defecation

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