Water Shortages Continue to Threaten the World’s Growing Population

July 27, 2010 • Water, Africa, Asia/Pacific, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for this story. The story is illustrated by a photo from the United Nations of what used to be the Aral Sea. It shows a view of rusted, abandoned ships in Muynak, Uzebkistan, a former port city whose population has declined precipitously with the rapid recession of the Aral Sea. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon witnessed the shrinking Aral Sea – a sight which he said underscores the need for collective action to save the planet’s resources. “It was shocking,” Mr. Ban told reporters. “It really left with me a profound impression, one of sadness that such a mighty sea has disappeared.” The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest lake.

This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

The lack of clean drinking water is a major problem worldwide. The World Health Organization says more than one billion people live in areas where renewable water resources are not available. The problem is especially serious in Asia and the Pacific. A United Nations report says water availability in that area is the second lowest in the world, after Africa.

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