Water Sanitation Hygiene

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23 May 2016 description

According to media reports, in Manipur all major rivers (including the Imphal and Nambol rivers) are flowing above warning level and breaches are reported. Evacuations are on-going.

Preliminary reports indicate that the districts of Bishnupur and Thoubal are badly affected with 2 500 people taking shelter in nine relief camps.

23 May 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. It is also home to a number of long-running conflicts that exact a human toll. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the center of humanitarian response. Every year the number and frequency of disasters (whether natural or conflict-related) is increasing, with millions of people displaced from their homes.

23 May 2016 description

In response to the request for assistance made by the Sri Lankan Government, India dispatched two Indian naval ships from Kochi on Friday 20th May morning carrying various relief supplies. On the same day, an Indian Air Force C-17 transport aircraft was also sent with additional supplies.

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, announced on 19th May that India would provide aid on emergency basis to assist those affected by the floods and landslides in various parts of Sri Lanka.

21 May 2016 description
report Government of India

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Odisha. The Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Odisha, were also present.

18 May 2016 description
report Government of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today discussed drought situation of Chattishgarh with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

He did the same with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

These meetings are part of the Prime Minister's review of the drought situation in 11 States.

Chhattisgarh has declared 93 tehsils in 20 districts across the state as drought-hit in view of deficient rainfall.

Prime Minister had earlier held separate meetings with Chief Ministers of eight states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

15 May 2016 description
report Christian Aid


  • Miami and Kolkata ranked as most vulnerable coastal cities exposed to flooding
  • Cities in carbon polluters USA, China and India most at risk
  • UK ranks in the top 25 for most exposed future coastline
  • Next week’s World Humanitarian Summit offers hope to tackle problem

To mark the start of Christian Aid Week, a new report by the charity highlights the world cities most at risk from future coastal flooding.

15 May 2016 description
report Government of India

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Rajasthan. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Rajasthan, were also present.

13 May 2016 description

A two-day assessment has been carried out in the district of Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh, by Mr. Vivek Yadav, ACF Nutrition and Health Programme Manager, in 28-29 March 2016. The objective was to conduct a preliminary evaluation of the nutrition situation in this district identified as a high burden area by Government of Madhya Pradesh, and where Action Against Hunger (ACF) and Fight Hunger Foundation (FHF) are required to intervene as per their MOU signed respectively with MoHFW and MWCD.

11 May 2016 description
report AlertNet

Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 9 May 2016 06:07 GMT

By Shuriah Niazi

TIKAMGARH, India, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards at a river-fed community reservoir to prevent farmers from siphoning the remaining water for irrigation.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

09 May 2016 description
report Guardian

Parts of India are being parched by a drought that means farmers are unable to irrigate their fields, with some areas even running out of drinking water

08 May 2016 description
report Government of India

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Karnataka. The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Karnataka, were also present.

Initiating the discussion, the Prime Minister said he is holding separate meetings with Chief Ministers of 11 drought-affected States, to see what can be done to mitigate the problems posed by drought, and also to focus attention on medium to long term measures.

03 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

NEW DELHI, May 3 2016 (IPS) - A staggering 330 million Indians, making up a quarter of the country’s population (or roughly the entire population of the United States), are currently reeling under the effects of a severe drought, resulting in an acute drinking water shortage and agricultural distress.

State governments are resorting to emergency measures like rushing water trains carrying billions of litres to thirsty hinterlands and doling out food rations to the starving poor.

02 May 2016 description

Although nearly half of the world’s population now has water piped into their homes and there have been significant improvements to water access in recent decades, many people living in urban areas of developing countries still do not have easy access to this most basic resource. And even where pipes do reach the urban poor, water sometimes does not.

“Literally, people wait around their house until the water comes on,” said Anu Sridharan, a founder of a social enterprise called NextDrop. “We’ve met people who’ve missed weddings, funerals and meetings.”

02 May 2016 description
report Government of India

Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister Outlines the Various Measures Taken by the Government

28 Apr 2016 description
report Government of India

The government has sent technical teams, comprising officials from Central Water Commission (CWC) and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), for an on-the-spot study of water situation in drought-affected areas of the country.

The teams would analyse the problems and causes leading to drought situations, identify water resources management challenges, gaps in water information and plans to recharge, long-term solutions and suggest measures for protection, management and restoration of water bodies. They have also been asked to prepare a long-term work plan of possible options.

28 Apr 2016 description
report Government of India

Over 250 districts in 10 states of the country are reeling under severe drought.

These states are home to around 33 crore people, that is nearly one-fourth of the population of the country.

The worrisome situation related to drought was also reflected in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The house held a short duration discussion on the prevailing drought situation and water scarcity in many parts of the country.

Responding to the discussion, Agriculture Minister radha mohan singh said that centre is providing all necessary support to the states.

27 Apr 2016 description

Crisis overview

Following two consecutive below-average monsoon seasons, 330 million people are affected by drought across 10 of India’s 29 states, according to the government. Water shortages are severe. People are facing food shortages and livelihoods have been severely damaged.

20 Apr 2016 description

New Delhi, India | AFP | Wednesday 4/20/2016 - 09:20 GMT

About 330 million people are suffering from drought in India, the government has said, as the country reels from severe water shortages and desperately poor farmers suffer crop losses.

One of the government's most senior lawyers PS Narasimha told the Supreme Court that a quarter of the country's population, spread across 10 states, have been hit by drought after two consecutive years of weak monsoons.