Nearly 63 million Indians living in rural areas are without the access to clean water, says Wild Water, a report on the state of the world’s water, released by WaterAid. According to the report, lack of planning, competing demands, rising population and water draining agricultural practices are putting excessive strain on water resources.
And such a huge population without the access to clean water, the diseases like cholera, malaria, dengue and diarrhoea are quite common in the rural landscape.
The report also forewarned that rural communities dependent on farming to make a living will struggle to grow food and livestock amid soaring temperatures and women who draw water in most of the rural households may have to walk even greater distance during prolonged dry seasons.
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