India world's highest number without clean water
March 22, New Delhi: India has the world's highest number of people without access to clean water, imposing a major financial burden for some of the country's poorest people.
According to a report released Tuesday said 75.8 million Indians, or 5 percent of the country's 1.25 billion population, are forced to either buy water at high rates or use supplies that are contaminated with sewage or chemicals. That accounts for more than a tenth of the 650 million people worldwide without clean water access, more any single country in Africa or in China, where 63 million have no access.
The report presented by the international charity Water Aid said that the situation worldwide has improved since 1990, with 2.6 billion people gaining access to clean water since then. But the report urged more action in "a world where one in 10 people are trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease for want of a safe, affordable water supply of their own."
Poor Indians without water access are forced to spend an average of about 72 U.S. cents to buy 50 liters of water a day, the amount recommended by the World Health Organization, according to the report. That's nearly 20 percent of their typical daily income, according to the report. By comparison, people in Britain spend just about 10 U.S. cents a day for 50 liters, the report said.
The Oslo Times