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Monsoon rains leave 100 dead in India 3.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

More than 200,000 people in West Bengal have been forced to shelter in state-run relief camps after heavy rains triggered flooding and dozens of fatalities

Heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 100 people in India in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in state-run relief camps, India’s home ministry has said.

A cyclone struck the worst-hit state of West Bengal, where 48 people have died and nearly 215,000 villagers have been taken to relief camps after heavy rains triggered flooding, the ministry statement said.

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Olympic chiefs to order testing for viruses in Rio's sewage-polluted waters 3.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

International Olympic Committee advised by WHO to expand its testing after high counts of viruses linked to human sewage discovered in Olympic waters

The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

Before, the IOC and local Olympic organisers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water, as Brazil and virtually all nations only mandate such testing to determine the safety of recreational waters.

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City records cholera cases in July: BMC health report 2.8.2015 TOI: Cities
The city recorded eight cases of cholera in July, said the health report released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on ...
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Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports of Rio's polluted waters 1.8.2015 Rediff: Sports
Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday.
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5 lakh budget to fight dengue, malaria irks docs 1.8.2015 Gurgaon - City - The Times of India
Early monsoon may have brought some relief from summer but the stagnant water all over the city is now posing threat of dengue and malaria.
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One-third of Belagavi’s water dangerous to drink 31.7.2015 Hubli - City - The Times of India
This sample survey should set off alarm bells ringing in Belagavi district — it found that around 30% drinking water available from overhead tanks, borewells, open wells and public water supply is not fit for consumption.
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Athletes at Rio Olympics to compete in 'basically raw sewage', study reveals 30.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
  • Analysis of Rio waters reveals dangerous contamination levels
  • Marine biologist: ‘What you have there is basically raw sewage’
  • None of three Olympic water venues tested were deemed safe

Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues – results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Diarrhoea cases: Jeewan Nagar samples pass test 30.7.2015 TOI: Cities
Water samples collected from diarrhoea-affected Jeewan Nagar have passed the test, said officiating district epidemiologist Dr Ramesh here on ...
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Mass awareness, immunisation to help curb spread of hepatitis, say experts 30.7.2015 TOI: Cities
Mass awareness, universal guideline for immunisation and hygienic handling of food and water will help curb hepatitis, said experts on Tuesday while observing world Hepatitis ...
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Syria’s grim statistics speak for themselves: Security Council 29.7.2015 Sify News
A political solution is more urgent than ever to end the “futile, hopeless” cycle of brutality and violence in Syria, the top United Nations humanitarian official said on Tuesday, urging the Security Council to consider its options through “the eyes of the beleaguered, now long-suffering” civilians.
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US bans cilantro imports from Mexican farms littered with feces and toilet paper 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Five of eight Puebla farms found with ‘objectionable’ hygiene conditions have been linked to recurrent outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in US since 2012

The US has banned imports of cilantro from several farms in the Mexican state of Puebla after an investigation found growing fields littered with human feces and toilet paper.

A joint investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration and Mexican authorities found “objectionable” hygiene conditions in eight of 11 cilantro farms inspected in Puebla, Mexico’s fourth-biggest state, 130km (80 miles) south-east of the capital.

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World Hepatitis Day today 28.7.2015 The Assam Tribune
World Hepatitis Day today
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13 million people in Yemen are struggling to find enough to eat, Oxfam says 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Charity reports 6.5 million people on brink of starvation with medicines scarce and disease a growing threat, as five-day ceasefire shows signs of collapsing

Since March, nearly 25,000 people a day have slipped into hunger in Yemen, and every second person – or nearly 13 million people – is now struggling to find enough to eat, according to Oxfam.

Conflict, air strikes and a naval blockade have killed thousands in the country, and reduced people to begging and polishing shoes in rubble-filled cities where water, food and medicines are scarce and disease is a growing threat, aid workers say.

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Residents protest after sewage mixes with drinking water 28.7.2015 Chennai News, Tamil News, Chennai City News, Tamil Nadu News | TOI City News
Several hundred residents of Thiru-vi-ka Nagar held up traffic on busy Perambur High Road on Monday morning for more than 30 minutes demanding a solution to the problem of sewage seeping into drinking water pipelines. They dispersed after Metrowater officials promised to clean the pipelines and supply clean water in four ...
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Remembering Nagasaki: the man who walked through hell 26.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Seventy years ago, Jan Bras saw the devastation in Nagasaki as a prisoner of war. Now 92, he tells Elizabeth Day about the horror and brutality he endured – and how he lives with it today Jan Bras does not like to hurt any living thing. If he spots a fly crawling across a table he will cup it carefully in his hand and release it out of the window. “I very quickly feel sorry for people or creatures,” he says, sitting on a beige sofa in the drawing room of the central London flat he shares with his wife of more than 57 years. “That’s one of my things.” At 92 he thinks this surfeit of empathy comes from having witnessed appalling violence as a young man. From the formative ages of 18 to 21, Jan Bras was a Japanese prisoner of war. When the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War, he was transported by “hell ship” and cattle wagon to work on the construction of the Burma railway. Later, he was interned in a camp and sent to work in the perilous coal mines at Fukuoka. After ...
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Madurai corporation moots RO treated water for slums 24.7.2015 TOI: Cities
As many as 133 such drinking water units would be established, especially in slums and in places where people who cannot afford purified drinking water, ...
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UNICEF helps children threatened by water cuts in Aleppo 23.7.2015 Sify News
The restoration of water supplies to the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo has come as a welcome relief to residents whose taps have run dry in recent weeks due to the fighting and frequent power cuts, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday, as it stepped up efforts to assist the local population.
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44 cases of JE, AES reported in Lakhimpur 23.7.2015 The Assam Tribune
44 cases of JE, AES reported in Lakhimpur
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Enjoy the rains, but with caution 23.7.2015 TOI: Cities
With the monsoon season finally here, doctors are advising city residents to be cautious while enjoying the weather, especially when they are eating out and if there is stagnant water around their ...
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Lives cut short: why I put Indigenous children inside 'fast-food suicide vests' 22.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Film-maker Warwick Thornton’s exhibition in Australia carries a blunt message about health issues being reaped on the next generation

An Aboriginal boy named Sterling looks down, clutching his chest, which is bare except for the suicide vest of McDonald’s take-away containers crudely strapped to it.

His burden is clear; the fast food he consumes has rendered him a ticking time-bomb for disease, and the expression on his face indicates it is a future he believes is inevitable.

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