For more than a century, Kolkata’s underground sewer system has been pumping untreated wastewater into more than 250 ponds on 12 000 hectares of land in the East Kolkata Wetlands.
Through sunlight and oxygen, human sewage is converted into plankton and then consumed by fish that are grown and sold in the local market. The pond water is then channelled to irrigation ditches and used to grow vegetables, such as carrots, radishes and onions.
The Government of India donated eight water bowsers to supply water to the people in drought affected areas. Donations were officially handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (21).
The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu symbolically handed over the relevant documents and keys of water bowsers to the President.
Presently, there are 16 districts directly affected by the water shortage due to the prevailing dry weather condition across the country.
By Manipadma Jena
This story is part of IPS coverage of World Water Day, observed on March 22.
NEW DELHI, Mar 21 2017 (IPS) - In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars.
Prolonged water scarcity might lead to security situations that are more nuanced, giving rise to a complex set of cascading but unpredictable consequences, with communities and nations reacting in ways that we have not seen in the past because climate change will alter the reliability of current water management systems and infrastructure, say experts.
This publication is an attempt to capture some of the best practices and case studies from disaster management initiatives undertaken by different civil society organizations working in DRR in Odisha. It presents varied innovative strategies and processes adopted by national and international organizations which has led to encouraging results. The best practices have not been graded or assessed by any third party but have been acknowledged so by the implementing organizations themselves.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Since a scorching summer and drought are imminent in Kerala, the government has asked all district collectors not to permit the construction of borewells in the state till May 31. The government asked the collectors to invoke the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act to enforce the decision.
Sources said even though the permission of groundwater department and the concerned local body is mandatory to construct borewells, permission is not availed in many cases. Collectors have been told to strictly enforce rules in this case.
14 février 2017 – Le Bangladesh, la Côte d'Ivoire, l'Éthiopie, le Ghana, l'Inde, le Malawi, le Nigéria, la Tanzanie et l'Ouganda se sont engagés mardi à réduire de moitié la mortalité des femmes enceintes et des nouveaux nés dans les établissements de santé d'ici 2022 en rejoignant un réseau de santé créé avec l'appui de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF).
New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies
Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years.
Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.
By Athar Parvaiz
GANGTOK, India, Feb 1 2017 (IPS) - Bina Sharma, a member of the Melli Dhara Gram Panchayat Unit in the southern part of India’s northeastern Himalayan state of Sikkim, is a relieved woman.
For the past three years, Sharma said, she has received hardly any complaints from villagers about water disputes.
The IFRC, on behalf of the IRCS, would like to thank all partners for their generous contribution to DREF. The unspent balance of CHF 29,183 will be returned to the DREF pot.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Since the devastating effects of Cyclone Vardah, Caritas India in partnership with MSSS has reached out to over 1000 people in Chennai and Thiruvallur districts with WASH and Shelter support. In order to assist MSSS in promoting a campaign on WASH, and undertaking Post- Disaster Monitoring (PDM), Caritas India organized an orientation meeting from 17-18 January, at MSSS in Chennai.
“A farmer in our border village knows exactly what to do in the face of exploding shells and bullets – but one really doesn’t have any idea how to deal with this drought"
By Ashutosh Sharma
KEERNI, India, Jan 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The past three decades have not been kind to the residents of Keerni.
This village in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir sits on the disputed Line of Control between India and Pakistan, and has seen people and cattle maimed or killed in the crossfire or by landmines.
On 12 December 2016, Tamil Nadu was gutted by a severe cyclonic storm Vardah, with wind speed up to 140 km per hour, making it the strongest storm to hit India since Cyclone Hudhud in 2014. Many homes – especially which were makeshift or poorly constructed were razed to the ground making them uninhabitable. Cut in water supply and access to food created conditions of compromised hygiene and health risks, particularly for adolescent girls and (pregnant and lactating) women.
The South Asia region is prone to flooding, landslides, droughts and earthquakes, and faces a number of protracted conflicts and related internal and cross-border population displacement. By the end of March 2017, the refugee return crisis from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan – brought about by the obligatory or forced repatriation of Afghan refugees from both Pakistan and Iran to their country of origin – will affect an estimated 1.5 million people, 60 per cent of whom are children under 18.
(MissionNewswire) On Monday Dec. 12, Tropical Cyclone Vardah, with winds reaching close to 87 miles per hour, made landfall near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and also affected the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. Cyclone Vardah, equal to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, forced thousands to evacuate and killed 23, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.
Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 211,409
Balance Requested: US$ 211,409
• Emergency Assistance/NFI
• Food Security
• Hygiene (WASH)
The Severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ made landfall near Chennai, the capital city of South Indian State of Tamil Nadu with winds around 140kmph for about 90 minutes during the afternoon of 12th December 2016, until it crossed the city and travelled inland, bringing at least 10 cm rainfall and claiming 10 lives. According to the recent weather forecast, light to moderate rainfall will occur in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Villupuram districts of Tamil Nadu in the next 12 hours.
Climate change is having devastating impacts on communities’ lives, livelihoods and food security across South Asia. Its consequences are so severe that it is increasingly contributing to migration, and this incidence is likely to escalate much more in the years to come as climate change impacts become more serious.
This report is produced by Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 1 November to 30 November 2016. The next issue will be published around 31 December 2016.
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