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- The World Resource Institute (WRI) has released Aqueduct
Water Risk Atlas. It has ranked water stress, drought risk and riverine flood
- According to the atlas, 1/4 of world’s population is facing huge water stress.
- WRI has
provided a list of 17 most water stress countries. Qatar has been ranked as the
most water stress country followed by Israel, Lebanon, Iran, and Jordan.
has been ranked 13th. The WRI has noted that India has more than
three times the population of the other 16 water stressed countries.
- The WRI
report has also highlighted that agriculture, industry, and municipalities are using
80% of available surface and groundwater in an average year in these 17
- 12 out of the 17 most water-stressed countries
are in the Middle East and North Africa and climate change will worsen water
scarcity in the region.
- The World Bank has had noted that this region
has the greatest expected economic losses from climate-related water scarcity,
estimated at 6%-14% of GDP by 2050.