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Haitian Health Ministry Says More Than 2,000 Have Died From Cholera; Report Identifies Outbreak’s Source, Some Dispute Findings

More than 2,000 people have died of cholera in Haiti since late October, Haitian officials said on Monday, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (12/6). According to Haitian health ministry figured, a total of “2,013 people have died from the water-borne bacterial infection and 88,789 cases have been recorded,” Agence France-Presse writes (12/6).

Some U.S. Troops Stay In Haiti; Aid Officials Prepare For Rainy Season

Kenneth Merten, the U.S. ambassador to Haiti, said on Thursday that American troops would stay in the country to aid in its recovery, Agence France-Presse reports. “There are about 6,500 soldiers in Haiti at the moment. There were some 20,000 for the emergency effort launched in the wake of January 12,” Merten said. “What is planned for the moment is more and more staff from USAID on the ground and fewer and fewer troops. Gradually, they’ll leave. In my opinion, we will need some American troops to stay here for the foreseeable future” (2/25).

Heavy Rains Hit Tent Camps In Haiti

Heavy rains hit earthquake survivors in tent camps in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, “bringing a warning of fresh misery to come for the 1 million people living on the streets,” Reuters reports. “While the rain could wash away some of the dust from the hundreds of collapsed structures in the stricken city, it could also worsen a fierce blight of mosquitoes,” according to Reuters, which reports that Haiti is struggling to get all the earthquake survivors out of make-shift tents and into more substantial shelters (Loney, 2/11).

World Bank Calls For More Integrated Approach To Global Water Management

The World Bank on Tuesday issued a report (.pdf) calling for an more integrated approach to worldwide water management, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports (9/1). “We can’t properly tackle global priorities of food security, renewable energy, adaptation to climate change, public health and urbanization unless we manage water better,” Julia Bucknall, water sector manager for the World Bank, said, according to a World Bank press release (8/31).

World Water Week: Urbanization, Irrigation, Global Food Security

“Global efforts to improve access to drinking water have been hampered by rapid urbanisation, with the proportion of people in urban areas with access actually declining, according to U.N. figures presented” at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Agence France-Presse reports.

World Water Week Urges MDG Summit To Highlight Water, Sanitation

The 20th World Water Week Friday issued a statement calling on the forthcoming High Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals to pay more attention to water and sanitation at its concluding session,” Xinhua reports.