Water Sanitation Hygiene

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20 Feb 2017 description
report Times of India

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.

15 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

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).

14 Feb 2017 description

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.

02 Feb 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

31 Jan 2017 description

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

20 Jan 2017 description
report Caritas

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.

16 Jan 2017 description

“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.

12 Jan 2017 description
report Caritas

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.

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

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.

20 Dec 2016 description
report Salesian Missions

(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.

19 Dec 2016 description
report ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 211,409

Balance Requested: US$ 211,409


• Emergency Assistance/NFI

• Food Security

• Shelter

• Hygiene (WASH)

13 Dec 2016 description
report ACT Alliance

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.

09 Dec 2016 description
report ActionAid

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.

09 Dec 2016 description

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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Situation Overview

29 Nov 2016 description
report Times of India

By Julie Mariappan | TNN

CHENNAI: The combined storage in the four reservoirs supplying water to the city is expected to last just 25 days and a serious crisis is staring the city.

28 Nov 2016 description
report UN Security Council



Sous la présidence du Ministre des affaires étrangères du Sénégal, et en présence du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, le Conseil de sécurité a organisé aujourd’hui un débat public, dans la suite de celui du 26 avril dernier, sur le thème « Eau et paix et sécurité », alors que l’amenuisement des ressources hydriques exacerbe les tensions à l’heure du changement climatique et de l’expansion démographique. Les spécialistes préviennent que l’accès inégal à l’eau sera la principale cause des conflits de demain.

23 Nov 2016 description
report UN Security Council



Speakers Highlight Effective Initiatives in Some Regions, Low Capacity in Others

Management of the world’s precious water resources must be promoted as a means to foster cooperation rather than conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today, as he opened a day-long open debate on water, peace and security.

23 Nov 2016 description
report India Water Portal

By Aarti Kelkar-Khambete

An analysis by IMD proves that rainwater harvesting is the best way to overcome the continuous dry spells the country witnesses.

21 Nov 2016 description

The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.