Water & Sanitation

The race to adapt

AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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. full report

Market solutions to Cambodia's toilet troubles

PHNOM PENH, 5 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - 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. full report

Sri Lanka offers lessons on how not to manage water

COLOMBO, 4 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - 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. full report

Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants

DUBAI, 27 May 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - 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. full report

Bleak outlook for 96,000 Kachin IDPs three years on

WINEMAW, 27 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - 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. full report

Measles spreading in Chad amid weak vaccination coverage

DAKAR/N’DJAMENA, 19 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Water in Gaza - what the analysts are saying

DUBAI, 12 May 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - 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. full report

WASH gains mask growing inequalities

DUBAI, 8 May 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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. full report

Miserable conditions at camp for Zimbabwe flood victims

MWENEZI, 2 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Climate adaptation at village level

KATHMANDU, 29 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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. full report

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