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Crowdfunding restores ponds in drought-hit south India

The worst drought in more than a century in southern India has led to protests, farmer suicides, and clashes at the water taps as reservoirs and lakes dry up in the searing heat. It has also led to an unusual crowdfunding campaign that helped restore a village pond in one of the worst affected areas, with a similar effort planned for a second pond. The effort, led by The Better India website, raised more than 1.1 million rupees ($17,000) on crowdfunding site Milaap

July 27, 2017

Rains fail again in East Africa, hunger on the rise - U.N.

Rains have failed for a third consecutive season in East Africa, wilting crops, killing livestock and entrenching a long drought that has pushed millions into hunger, the United Nations said. Some 16 million people are in need of humanitarian aid across areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - 30 percent more than in late 2016 and their number expected to increase in the coming months, the U.N. food agency said

July 14, 2017

Tap water dwindles as cities parched by South India drought

One of southern India`s worst droughts in decades has dried up reservoirs in the region, severely impacting the availability of drinking water in Chennai and other cities. Water supplies across the port city of Chennai have dropped by half, with the government saying tap water may dwindle to a trickle in the days to come. "We are supplying between 450 to 470 million litres of water every day," compared to the normal requirement of 830 million litres, said Arun Roy, of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board that supplies water across the city

June 28, 2017

From floods to disease, disaster risk rising in surging African cities

Disaster risks are arguably rising faster in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else, said Arabella Fraser, a risk and resilience researcher at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). That`s in part the result of surging urban populations, a quickening pace of climate-related problems - such as flooding and drought - and an inability to beat back those risks because of poverty, poor data, lack of training and badly run government, she said. One thing that can help is ensuring that efforts to build urban resilience are not just short-term, donor-funded projects but are based on community demand and then built into city plans, often with innovative funding

June 22, 2017

Maasai manure helps Kenya's drought-hit herders fight hunger

Demand for manure collected from Kenya`s rangelands for use as fertiliser is on the rise. Scientists at the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) say this manure is richer in nitrogen and phosphorous than that from enclosed livestock which do not graze. Crops need nitrogen to develop vegetation, while phosphorous is essential for root formation and the crop`s structure, said Edward Karanja, project leader with ICIPE, and there is big potential in the manure trade because more Kenyans are investing in agriculture

June 13, 2017

Aid groups seek to turn on funding tap to douse drought crises

The Start Network, funded by the British, Dutch and Irish governments, is putting together a new financing facility to enable a faster and more coordinated response to droughts, and plans to test its model in Pakistan and Zimbabwe. The "drought financing facility" aims to combine contingency funds, insurance and new modelling technology to shift humanitarian response from reaction to anticipation, a spokeswoman said. "This will save more lives, livelihoods and assets, and significantly reduce costs”

June 12, 2017

Ethiopia, humanitarian groups say food aid for 7.8 mln to run out

Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for nearly 8 million people hit by severe drought by the end of this month, the government and humanitarian groups said. In Ethiopia, the number of people now critically short of food is expected to rise by at least two million by next month, according to figures compiled by the government and its humanitarian partners

June 10, 2017
Trust.org, ITV

Hunger to hit emergency levels in Ethiopia despite rains

Hunger is likely to reach emergency levels in Ethiopia and the number in need of food aid will rise further, experts said, as drought has decimated livestock, rains have been erratic and aid is in short supply. The number of Ethiopians needing food aid will rise beyond the current 7.7m, with hunger reaching the fourth ‘emergency level’ on a five-phase scale, where the fifth level is famine

May 24, 2017

Nigeria's hungriest face starvation as aid funds dry up in northeast - UN

The United Nations and aid agencies are warning that northeast Nigeria is on the brink of famine after two years of missed harvests, with a third missed year very likely. Aid agencies also say they need aid funds to help. The WFP indicated that these hungry people could miss out on food aid next month, because it is running out of money to feed them. The regional director says it needs another $250m to prevent famine in the coming months and to feed 4.7m people, which the WFP worries could rise even as high as 5.2m by August

May 23, 2017

Capetonians warned that 100 liters water usage 'non-negotiable'

The city of Cape Town has issued a warning to all water users informing them that all water usage must be brought down by 100m litres immediately. The warning comes after the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille officially declared the Western Cape a disaster area

May 22, 2017

Responding to drought must be sustainable, not piecemeal

UNDP representative in Kenya, Siddarth Chatterjee, writes an opinion blog for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in which she sounds the alarm over the growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition which are developing across more than half of Kenya’s 47 counties. Chatterjee points to the three hardest hit regions of Turkana, Marsabit and Madera where a third of all children under five are acutely malnourished and says this is already double the ‘emergency status threshold,’ so she is asking the international community for help

May 14, 2017

Drought in Kenya brings a surprise: More girls in school

A recent safety net of cash transfer payments is helping persuade families that investing in girls makes good economic sense. Since 2013, the country’s Hunger Safety Net Programme, implemented by the government through the National Drought Management Authority is starting to show signs of progress

April 5, 2017

Malnutrition, disease rise sharply among children in Somalia - UN

Early numbers show an increasing number of children in Somalia are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea, the UN warned. The UNHCR warned in a statement that children suffering from SAM are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child, adding that during a 2011 famine the biggest killers were diarrhoea and measles

March 30, 2017
Agence Presse Africaine
March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017

Global Warming Is a Matter of Survival for Pacific Islander Women

In some Pacific Island communities, due to rising sea levels, health centres and hospitals have been built on higher land making it difficult for a six-month pregnant woman to reach as she travels from island to island. Climate change in Papua New Guinea has contributed to mudslides and landslides, loss of food crops due to heavy rains or severe drought. Women are often at the sharp end of the impact of climate change. Flooding leads to lower food production which affects families and can lead to gender-based violence. Cash poverty and health risks increase

March 28, 2017
NBC News

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Thousands dead in East Africa plagues

Severe drought has coincided with an outbreak of lethal diseases in the Horn of Africa region. Somalia is experiencing its largest outbreak of cholera in 5 years with 48,607 cases and 763 deaths. Over 1,400 measles cases have been reported since early June and there have been 9,813 suspected measles cases since the start of 2017. Ethiopia reports 35,665 cases of acute watery diarrhoea and 780 deaths since January. Across the country 1,981 suspected measles cases with 961 confirmed. Kenya has 3030 suspected cholera cases and three deaths

June 20, 2017
CAJ News

Drought, cholera kills over 400 people in Somalia

Somalia’s health ministry said almost 18,000 people are receiving hospital treatment amid the worst drought since 1945. To date, drought and cholera have killed more than 400 people – the areas most affected are in southern and central Somalia. Experts say this is not the Somalian rainy season yet, which is still a few weeks away. Even so, health workers report at least 300 new cases every day along with dozens of deaths

April 5, 2017
Anadolu Agency, Hiiraan.com

Cholera spread rapidly in new territories in Ogaden, and the situation is out of Control

The Ogaden News Agency is reporting a cholera outbreak which is spreading through the Dollo, Korahay, Nogob, Jara and Afdheer regions killing hundreds. Local Ogaden groups want the international community to persuade Ethiopia to work with international bodies to set up a humanitarian corridor for health treatment and supplies

April 5, 2017
Ogaden News Agency

Cholera spreads in famine-threatened Somalia

Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. Johan Heffinck, the Somalia head of EU Humanitarian Aid said the country has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from around 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5,000 in a normal year. If the rains fail the country will tip into famine. Somalia’s last famine in 2011 killed more than 260,000 people

March 31, 2017

Somalie : Le choléra fait 343 victimes depuis le début de l'année

Drought in Somalia has hit women and children under five years old hard and the country has seen a sharp rise in water-borne diseases with 343 cholera deaths and more than 14,000 Somalians with the virus since the start of the year, according to WHO

March 24, 2017
Agence Anadolu
March 27, 2017
Afrique Jet

Non communicable diseases

South India's scorching drought forces farmers into debt bondage

One of the worst droughts in decades across south India is forcing tens of thousands of farmers and labourers to take out loans to survive, pushing them into debt bondage and increasing the risk that they may be exploited, activists warn. Then there follows on from this that there is a chance of not managing to cope, leading to a higher risk of suicide

April 18, 2017

Communicable diseases

108 million people in the world face severe food insecurity: World Food Programme report

A report by the World Food Programme states that around 108 million people in the world were severely facing food insecurity in 2016. Notably, this figure has risen from 80 million in 2015 which indicates the situation is worsening. The WFP report lists 18 countries in which it projects the prevailing Food Security crisis Phase 3. Yemen tops the list with 14.1m people, about half the population facing severe food insecurity. Ethiopia and Afghanistan came in second and third with 9.7m and 8.5m facing food insecurity respectively

April 3, 2017
India, Trade Arabia, Yahoo India, global agriculture

“What we have seen is hard to believe:” A blog from aid worker in Baidoa, Somalia

International Medical Corps expert explains what he saw when he was part of a fact finding missions to Baidoa in Somalia, in a team to assess the situation and plan for the best way to help the IDPs who have been forced to leave their homes because of drought and hunger

March 31, 2017

41 million people in Nigeria without access to clean water —Water Aid Nigeria

To mark World Water Day, Water Aid Nigeria called for urgent action from the international community and the government to reach the 41m rural people in Nigeria without access to clean water. The organization called on governments to prioritize and fund water, sanitation and hygiene to fulfil fundamental human rights and to build communities’ resilience to extreme weather events and climate change

March 28, 2017
Nigerian Tribune, Nigerian Sun

Nearly 600 million children to live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040: UNI...

In a new UNICEF report, the writers outlined the scenario where one of four children worldwide will be living in areas where water demand far outstrips supply by 2040

March 22, 2017
News Express , Reuters, The Guardian, bdnews24.com

Somalia's new president declares drought emergency

Somali’s new president has declared a drought emergency as emaciated people start to stream in to Mogadishu. The UN is estimating that half of the 10m Somali population may need assistance

February 28, 2017
Deutsche Welle, The Times of Africa
February 27, 2017
Le Monde