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Doom may come in Indian cities by 2050, 2.40 billion population will not get water, claims in UN report

United Nations. According to the United Nations report, in 2050, 1.7 to 2.40 billion urban population of the world may face water crisis and India is expected to be affected the most. According to the report, in the year 2016, 93.3 crore urban population was facing 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 percent of the population in Asia is facing water crisis, especially in Northeast China, India and Pakistan.

“The global urban population facing water stress is expected 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 Andre Azoulay. According to the report, two billion people globally 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-in-chief, Richard Connor, told reporters that uncertainty is 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 for humanity. It is essential for the life and health, resilience, growth and prosperity of people and the planet. Guterres expressed concern that humanity is headed down a dangerous path, in which “a demonic trend of over-consumption and over-development, unsustainable use of water, pollution and unchecked global warming is draining humanity’s blood drop by drop.”

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