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150,000 Children Die Annually in Nigeria from Unsafe Water - Osinbajo

150000 Children DieBy Levi Nwabughiogu

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said about 150,000 children die of diarrhea-related diseases annually for drinking unsafe water.

He also regretted that Nigeria did not meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, for water and sanitation, attributing that to the inability of the stakeholders in the sector to access available funds.

South AfricaSouth Africa
Residents worried over state of Hartbeespoort Dam

By Nicolene Smalman

The Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that the water is notThe Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that the water is not safe for human consumption (SABC)Business owners and residents of Hartbeespoort Dam, North West, are at their wits’ end over the flow of raw sewage into the dam. It is one of the province’s biggest tourist attractions, but prospective visitors are cancelling their holiday plans.

The dam which is a popular destination for retirees and tourists is now losing its appeal. Resident Clem Pretorius says, “We noticed the pitch black grime that came down the river, and the terrible smell … then we got a lot of dead fish together with the debris.” Some water sport enthusiasts and other tourists fear for their health and have cancelled their holiday plans.

sudanSudan
People Dying of Thirst in Red Sea and Blue Nile

People Dying of Thirst in Red Sea and Blue NileRed Sea / Blue Nile — Sudanese Members of Parliament have revealed that several people have died of thirst in the Red Sea and Blue Nile states, where the shortage of clean drinking water is acute.

Kothar El Atta, one of the MPs from the Blue Nile constituencies has confirmed the death of people in state. El Atta did not mention which localities, but asked where the ‘Zero Thirst Project’ is, referring to the project mentioned by President Al Bashir in the context of the National Dialogue.

UgandaUganda
Over 190,000 South Sudan Refugees Hit By Water Shortage

The children are part of the many refugees at the Pagirinya Refugee settlementThe children are part of the many refugees at the Pagirinya Refugee settlement in Adjumani, near Uganda’s border with South SudanYumbe — At least 190,000 South Sudanese refugees in Bidibidi Camp, in Yumbe District are facing an acute water shortage, a situation that has worsened the dire living conditions in the settlement.

The refugees fled from various tribal clashes and security volatility especially in the Eastern Equatorial towns of Yei and Nimule.

Mr Taban Saverino, a refugee says the water being supplied by agencies like OXFAM is not enough because of the big number of refugees. “The congestion at the water points is too much and people spend hours at the points trying to get water. He said the problem could only be reduced by drilling more boreholes in the settlement.

ZambiaZambia
The Water Supply and Sanitation Act to be revised

The water pump was installed by an NGO but is maintained by residentsThe water pump was installed by an NGO but is maintained by residentsThe National Water and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) has initiated the process of revising the Water Supply and Sanitation Act No.28 of 1997 in order to strengthen the implementation of the water supply and sanitation programmes in the country.

NWASCO Commercial and Financial Inspector Chola Mbilima disclosed to media in an interview that the council has already drafted the Act and sent it to Cabinet for approval.

Mrs. Mbilima said that following the submission of the Act to the Cabinet, the Water Supply Council is still awaiting the response.

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene December 2018 Vol.13 No.6