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Unicef released a report indicating that nearly 600 million children, one in four worldwide, will live in 2040 in areas with “extremely limited” water resources.
The UN agency for Children warned of the threat posed to younger people by the lack of water and how climate change is aggravating the problem.
“But there are millions of children around the world who do not have access to safe water, endangering their lives, damaging their health and risking their future,” the executive director of Unicef, Anthony Lake. In sum, he affirmed that the only way to stop this crisis is to take “collective actions”.
The text highlighted that population growth and increased consumption and demand are putting more pressure on water availability, with 36 countries where it is already “extremely high.” This happens when demand is clearly higher than the available renewable supply, the report said.
He noted that some of the factors affecting water quality and availability are due to problems such as rising temperatures, rising sea levels, ice loss and increasing droughts.
Currently, about 663 million people lack adequate access to water sources and more than 800 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhea linked to contaminated water, sanitation and poor hygiene.Currently, about 663 million people lack adequate access to water sources and more than 800 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhea linked to contaminated water, sanitation and poor hygiene.The lack of an adequate supply exposes children to diseases such as cholera and diarrhea, In many places, children spend several hours every day to obtain water, for example preventing them from going to school. The report includes recommendations for different sectors and calls on governments to plan for possible changes in water availability and demand over the next few years. According to Unicef, the priority must be to guarantee access to water for the most vulnerable children.