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Doom could come to Indian cities by 2050, 2.40 billion people will be without water, says UN report



The United Nations. According to the United Nations report, in 2050, 1.7 to 2.40 billion urban dwellers in the world could face a water crisis and India is expected to be the most affected. According to the report, in 2016, 93.3 crores of urban population faced water crisis. The report titled “United Nations World Water Development Report 2023: Partnership and Cooperation for Water”, released on Tuesday ahead of the United Nations Water Conference-2023, said that about 80 % of the population in Asia is facing a water crisis, especially in northeast China, India and Pakistan.

“The global urban population facing water stress is projected to increase from 933 million in 2016 to 1.7 to 2.4 billion in 2050, and India is projected to be the most affected country,” the report said citing data. “There is an urgent need to establish a strong international order before the global crisis spirals out of control,” said UNESCO Director-General André Azoulay. According to the report, two billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water and 3.6 billion people do not have access to safe sanitation.

water like blood for humanity
The report’s editor, Richard Connor, told reporters that uncertainty was mounting. He said: “If you don’t solve it, there will definitely be a global crisis.” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in the report that “water is like blood to humanity”. It is essential for the life and health, resilience, growth and prosperity of people and the planet. António Guterres expressed concern that humanity is heading down a dangerous path, in which “a demonic trend of overconsumption and overdevelopment, unsustainable water use, pollution and global warming uncontrolled drains the blood of humanity drop by drop”.

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