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Tunisia to cut off public water supplies overnight due to drought

Tunisia to cut off public water supplies overnight due to drought

TAREK AMARA TUNISIA will cut off water supplies to citizens for seven hours a night in response to the country's worst drought on record, state water distribution company SONEDE said in a statement. The country's agriculture ministry earlier introduced a quota system for potable water and banned its use in agriculture until Sept. 30, as the country battles with a drought that is now in its fourth year. SONEDE said in a statement that the water will be cut off daily from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m., with immediate effect. Mosbah Hlali, its head, said the drought in the country was unprecedented…
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Madagascar faces one of the world’s first climate change famines

Madagascar faces one of the world’s first climate change famines

KIM HARRISBERG THE cracked red earth and sunken eyes of gaunt children, their bellies swollen from acute malnutrition, bear witness to the devastation being wrought by Madagascar's worst drought in four decades. As the south of the island is pushed to the brink of famine, climate change researchers say such harrowing images should serve as an alarm bell over the need for drastic action to cut planet-heating emissions and climate-proof global food systems. According to the United Nations, more than 1.14 million people in the south of the Indian Ocean country are food-insecure due to the drought, which some experts have blamed…
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