The Global Rundown
Flash floods sweep through the streets of Ankara, Turkey, injuring at least six. Elsewhere, heavy flooding continues to inundate East Africa, displacing thousands. Yemen launches a widespread cholera vaccination campaign as the rainy seasons begins. Lawmakers in Australia reach a consensus on the future of the Murray-Darling basin plan. Almost 200 free-roaming horses die on Navajo land in Arizona while searching for water.
“It’s a sensitive subject to begin with because horses are considered sacred animals, so you just can’t go out and euthanize them. That would go too far against cultural conditions. At the same time, we have a bunch of horses no one is caring for, so it’s a delicate balance.” –Erny Zah, a former spokesperson for the Navajo nation, in reference to the unsustainable feral horse population on Navajo lands in Arizona. Recently, 191 horses died while searching for water in the drought-stricken area. Washington Post
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By The Numbers
350,000 Number of people targeted by a cholera vaccination campaign in Aden, Yemen. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other aid organizations are rushing to provide vaccinations to prevent an influx of the waterborne disease as the rainy season begins. Reuters
6 Number of people injured by flash floods in Ankara, Turkey. Heavy rains inundated the Turkish capital over the weekend, damaging buildings and sweeping away cars. Rains are expected to continue throughout the upcoming week. Al Jazeera
Science, Studies, And Reports
Heavy rainfall continues to batter East Africa, an abrupt change from the severe drought that devastated the region throughout 2017. The flooding has displaced an estimated 244,000 people and killed more than 100. Using satellite imaging, NASA estimated that total rainfall in some areas reached 430 mm (16.9 inches) between April 27 and May 4, 2018. Relief Web
On The Radar
After weeks of debate in the Australian senate, the country has decided to substitute water efficiency projects in place of buying back 605GL of water in the southern Murray-Darling basin. There is also ongoing support for another amendment to the basin plan, which would cut down the water recovery target in the northern basin by 70GL. The Guardian
Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter