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  • Ethiopia: GERD's 9 Million Cubic Meter Concrete Filling Completed

    ETHIOPIA, 2018/01/06 The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) major dam concrete filling has been completed by 9 million cubic meters while Sadel Dam project concrete filling reached 11.3 million cubic meters. GERD project manager Engineer Semegew Bekele has recently given general brief about the status of the dam construction for journalists who visited the dam. He said 10.1 million cubic meter concrete filling is needed to reach the full length of the dam which is 145-meters-high above sea level and 1,780 meters width.
  • Nigeria: Buhari Orders NEMA to Assist Victims of Flooding in Benue

    NIGERIA, 2017/09/03 President Muhammadu Buhari last night directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to instantly mobilise personnel and resources to provide a succour to victims of massive flooding in Benue National. The president said he received with great concern, reports of flooding in the national, which has reportedly affected thousands of homes and displaced additional than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.
  • West Africa: 5.6 Million Children in Lake Chad Region At Risk of Waterborne Diseases As Rainy Season Starts

    BENIN, 2017/07/12 As the rainy season begins, United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, has warned that additional than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoea infections, in conflict-affected areas of nations around Lake Chad. The humanitarian agency said in a statement Saturday that the threat of disease outbreaks in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria coincides with growing regional insecurity and increased people movements particularly in Nigeria's northeast.
  • Tanzania: Stiegler Is Inevitable

    TANZANIA, 2017/07/12 TANZANIA has officially notified the UN cultural agency that execution of Stiegler's Gorge hydroelectric project is inevitable. The project at the Selous Game Reserve has triggered heated debate, with ecologists opposing it on grounds that its implementation could damage the World Heritage. But, during the conference of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Poland last week, the government delegation gave the country's firm position to execute the project. The Permanent Secretary in the Natural Resources and Tourism Ministry, Major General Gaudence Milanzi, led the government team that as well included Tanzania's Ambassador to France Samwel Shelukindo who doubles as the permanent delegate to UNESCO.
  • South Africa: Cape Town's Emergency Water Plans Making Progress

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/12 The City of Cape Town says plans of potentially partnering with the private sector to create a short-term emergency water supply using desalination, storm water capture or aquifer extraction are progressing well. City's Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Xanthea Limberg, said that Monday was the closing date for responses in terms of the Request for Data to the private sector, which the city issued to see how partnerships can help with short-term emergency supply schemes.
  • Morocco To Cooperate With MRC In Water

    CASABLANCA, 2017/07/08 In an effort to enhance South-South cooperation, Morocco, a rising star in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, recently signed a Memorandum of Considerate (MoU) with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to cooperate in the areas of sustainable water-resource development and management. “This partnership will foster exchanges and cooperation in water-resource development and management through the sharing of available technical expertise and lessons learned by both parties. Some of the common interests of both parties range from energy to agriculture and food security to water quality,” the MRC said in a press release.
  • Mozambique: Water Restrictions in Maputo Lifted

    MAPUTO CITY, 2017/07/07 The restrictions on the supply of water to the Better Maputo Metropolitan Area, imposed in January, have been lifted. Speaking to a session of the Maputo City government on Tuesday, Jose Barata, the technical director of the Maputo Regional Water Company (AdM), said that enough rain had fallen before in the year to allow AdeM to resume normal supplies of water.
  • For Africa to end chronic hunger, governments must invest in sustainable water supplies, writes Esther Ngumbi.

    AFRICA, 2017/04/30 The fields are bare under the scorching sun and temperatures rise with each passing week. Any crops the extreme temperatures haven’t destroyed, the insect pests have, and for a lot of farmers, there is nothing they can do. Presently, news about hunger across Africa makes mass media headlines daily. Globally, hunger levels are at their highest. In fact, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, over 70 million people across 45 nations will require food emergency assistance in 2017, with Africa being home to three of the four nations deemed to face a critical risk of famine: Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen. African governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and humanitarian relief agencies, inclunding the United Nations World Food Programme, continue to launch short-term solutions such as food relief supplies to avert the situation. Kenya, for example, is handing cash transfers and food relief to its affected citizens. The UN World Food Programme is as well distributing food to drought-stricken Somalia. And in Zambia, the government is employing each tool inclunding its military to combat insect pest infestation. But why are we here? What happened? Why is there such a large drought?
  • Water and power: Mega-dams, mega-damage?

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  • Rwanda: Japanese Grant to Boost Access to Clean Water in Rural Areas

    JAPAN, 2017/03/12 Japanese government has given a grant amounting to $147, 075 (approx. Rwf121 million) to two local organisations that will supply water in the districts of Muhanga and Bugesera. The two projects will increase access to clean water in areas where residents had for long experienced water shortages. The recipients are Movement for the Fight against Hunger in the World (MFLM) and Rwanda Environment Conservation Organisation (RECOR). A portion of the grant, $72,925, will be used by MFLM to construct 20 water points, a filtration system, water tank, equilibrium chamber and 11-km-long water pipes in Shyogwe sector in Muhanga district.