The Global Rundown
Charity group WaterAid estimates that 3 billion people worldwide are unable to wash their hands at home. Colorado’s wettest day in months eases drought conditions. Officials report that Midland’s water system is safe following two dam breaches last week. Water cuts spark protests in southwest Iran. Cocoa crops in the Ivory Coast falter mid-season amid low rainfall.
“If the plantations are not well-watered with rain in June, the harvest will be pretty weak by the end of the mid-crop.” –Desire N’Da, a farmer in the Abengourou region of the Ivory Coast, in reference to a drought that has left the country’s cocoa crop struggling. The Ivory Coast is the world’s top cocoa producer and is in the midst of its March through October rainy season, but recent dry weather is threatening to disrupt the country’s cocoa harvest. Reuters
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By The Numbers
3 billion People worldwide who are unable to wash their hands with soap and water inside their homes, according to data compiled by charity group WaterAid. Experts warn that poor water access increases the risk of contracting Covid-19, although a definitive link between water shortages and the spread of Covid-19 has not been established. Associated Press
0.94 inches Amount of rainfall recorded at Denver International Airport on Sunday on the wettest day the state has experienced in nearly a year. The abundant rainfall is helping to ease drought conditions in the state, which has gradually been getting drier over the past several months. The Denver Post
Science, Studies, and Reports
The water system in Midland, Michigan, is reportedly safe following the failure of the Edenville and Sanford Dams last week, an event that deluged parts of mid-Michigan and forced thousands to evacuate their homes. Nearby Hope and Edenville townships remain under a boil water advisory, however, and Midland County is offering free water test kits, noting that households reliant on well water may still be at risk of water contamination. Detroit Free Press
On the Radar
Protests have broken out in parts of southwestern Iran over water shortages, according to human rights groups and local media. In the Gheizaniyeh district of Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, a crowd reportedly blocked a roadway, and a handful of protestors refused to reopen the road when prompted by police. State security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the remaining protestors. Khuzestan Province is plagued by chronic water shortages, and is one of the areas in Iran that is hardest-hit by the coronavirus. The Jerusalem Post
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