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76 mn people in India have no access to safe water: Report

India has the highest number of people – 76 million – in the world without access to safe water supply, followed by China and Nigeria, states a report released by WaterAid.

People end up incurring high costs to get water, which is primarily due to poor management of water resources, says the report ‘Water: At what cost? The State of the World’s Water’ – released by the global agency to mark the World Water Day 2016. The report placed India on the top of 10 countries in the world with the greatest numbers of people living without access to safe water, followed by China and Nigeria. Pakistan ranks 10th on the list.

“Nearly 76 million people in India have no access to safe water supply. Most of those people are living on around GBP 3 a day. If they have the opportunity to buy water from a tanker it can cost Re 1 (GBP 0.01) per litre, sometimes double, if the supply is scarce,” says the report. WaterAid is an international charity working on improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.
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