Egypt steps up desalination plant building programme
The new plants announced by major general Kamel al-Wazir, head of EAAF, comprise three 150,000 m3/d capacity facilities in Al Alamain, Al-Jamila, and East Port Said, involving “large French and German companies”. Al-Wazir also re-confirmed delivery of a 164,000 m3/d plant in northwest Gulf of Suez, in Ain Sokhna, which is expected to complete in 2018. Further, governor of Matruh, Alaa Abu Zeid, approved plans for a new seawater desalination facility in Najila. The project is for an initial 5,000 m3/d, with the potential to double capacity, and has a budget of EGP 150 million ($8.3 million). Additionally, a pipeline of 6.5 kilometres to convey desalinated water to the region’s main drinking water network will be built at a cost of EGP 14 million.
Kenya cholera outbreak hits dozens at health conference
Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya’s capital. The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four day forum organized by the Ministry of Health at a Nairobi hotel on Tuesday the 20th June. They have been isolated in a city hospital, but health officials say the number of people infected may rise. It is unclear how they caught the disease, which has led to five deaths in the past month. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera. Most of those infected will have no or mild symptoms but, in severe cases, the disease can kill within hours if left untreated. In Yemen, a large cholera outbreak is fast approaching 300,000 cases, according to UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien. He described it as a “man-made catastrophe” caused by both sides of the country’s ongoing civil war.