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More than 4 billion people suffer from severe water scarcity: New study
Around two-thirds of the world population suffer from severe freshwater scarcity, a situation far more dangerous than previously thought, a new study says.
In an article published in the journal Science Advances on Friday, a team of two scientists from the University of Twente in Netherlands warned that over four billion people across the globe live under conditions of severe water shortage for at least one month of the year, adding that half of these people live in India and China.
The study also shows that some 500 million people live in regions where water consumption is twice as much as the amount received through precipitation during the entire year, leaving them highly vulnerable as natural underground reservoirs increasingly run down.
Researchers further warned that these water problems tend to worsen as the world population soars and water consumption, particularly intensified through meat-eating, is increasing.