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Thirty India cities, including Jaipur, Amritsar, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kozhikode could dramatically face increased water risks — unless urgent action is taken to mitigate and adapt to climate changes, a World Wide Fund study says.
For more than four decades Ramzan has been a “mashki,” or water bearer, an age-old profession now in decline as water companies and tankers increasingly supply residents.
There is no doubt that water is a very precious asset, like gold. In several countries, water has a very high value, but unfortunately is scarce. This is because population growth and climate change are putting a lot of strain on the planet’s limited water supplies.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) has listed India among the 17 countries, home to one-quarter of the world’s population, which face extremely high water stress. India has 18% of the world’s population but only 4% of the global freshwater resources — being an agrarian economy, it is the world’s largest extractor of groundwater.