The UN warns that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040. According to the UN agency, 36 countries around the world are already facing extremely high levels of water stress.
“But around the world, millions of children lack access to safe water – endangering their lives, undermining their health, and jeopardizing their futures,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
Warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, increased floods, droughts and melting ice affect the quality and availability of water as well as sanitation systems. These combined with increasing populations, higher demand of water primarily due to industrialization and urbanization are draining water resources worldwide. On top of these, conflicts in many parts of the world are also threatening access to safe water.
16:54 March 30, 2017