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Solar pumping technology has in the recent past undergone a series of technical and cost developments resulting in advanced, robust, versatile, low maintenance equipment that could be considered as a default option for water provision in places with medium to high solar radiation, especially in off-grid locations, long term camp contexts or there where fuel is needed to provide water but its supply is too costly or erratic.

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By Kostas Kanellos, Liaison, Visibility and Communication Manager @tdh_greece

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Facts & Figures

  • All EU Member States have ratified the four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols.

  • 196 states, including all UN Member States, have ratified the 4th Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians in Time of War, which equals universal acceptance.

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  • The flood situation in the States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal remains serious, while in Assam the situation is slowly improving. Overall, 31.4 million people have been affected in the four states. The death toll has reached 682 (304 in Bihar; 154 in Assam; 152 in West Bengal; 72 in Uttar Pradesh).
  • Media reports indicate that in Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, as many as 1.15 million people have been displaced.
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  • Heavy rains have been affecting the northern part of Venezuela, causing casualties and rivers to overflow.
  • According to national authorities, as of 23 August at 7:00 UTC, four people have been killed and several have gone missing in Girardot municipality (state of Aragua).
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain could affect the area.

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