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Mar 18, 2016

The Thirst For Clean Water

The Thirst For Clean Water

Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world's population, have no access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrhoeal diseases in children, killing 900 under-five a day across the world, according to United Nations estimates. World Water Day, marked this year on March 22, highlights various concerns about the world's water resources, and in 2016 is focusing on how good access to safe water can create paid work and contribute to a greener economy.

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A girl fills buckets with water at al-Nour camp for internally displaced people in Jerjnaz town, in Idlib province, Syria March 7, 2016. KHALIL ASHAWI/REUTERS

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Men collect water from the Euphrates river in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq March 7, 2016. ALAA AL-MARJANI/REUTERS

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A boy fills plastic bottles with drinking water from a tap on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan February 22, 2016. FAISAL MAHMOOD/REUTERS

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A resident living in a flooded area refills plastic containers with drinking water on an improvised "banca" (small boat) in Artex compound, Malabon city, north of Manila, Philippines March 4, 2016. ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS

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Ram Kumar Khadka, 36, climbs out of a well after cleaning it in Kathmandu, Nepal February 22, 2016. Khadka has worked as a cleaner for 12 years and earns around $18 a day. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS

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Men pour water brought by cart into a container at a stall on Clifton Beach in Karachi, Pakistan March 5, 2016. AKHTAR SOOMRO/REUTERS

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Children drink water from a public water pump on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan March 4, 2016. OMAR SOBHANI/REUTERS

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A boy draws drinking water from a well using a hand pump in Peshawar, Pakistan March 4, 2016. FAYAZ AZIZ/REUTERS

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A woman fills a bucket with drinking water from a well in the village of Rum, Belarus March 4, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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An employee at a boat station drills a hole in the frozen surface of the Yenisei River to draw fresh water for cooking and drinking, outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia March 2, 2016. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

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A man carries buckets filled with water on the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad, India March 4, 2016. JITENDRA PRAKASH/REUTERS

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A migrant drinks water while waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece March 6, 2016. MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS

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People refill bottles at a water store in Temple City, California, United States March 4, 2016. MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

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A water bottle is seen next to a student studying at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus in Los Angeles, California, March 4, 2016. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A source of water and a statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's national saint, are seen inside a cave in Sao Francisco Xavier, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 3, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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A woman drinks water in El Crucero town, Nicaragua February 27, 2016. OSWALDO RIVAS/REUTERS

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A woman and her granddaughter are seen next to a rainwater tank (R) that collects water used for washing and cleaning in San Miguel Xicalco, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico March 4, 2016. HENRY ROMERO/REUTERS

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People fetch water in containers in canoes at a water selling point in the Makoko fishing community on the Lagos Lagoon, Nigeria February 29, 2016. AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/REUTERS

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A civil defence worker pours water from a water truck into a container near a dry lake in Presidente Figueiredo, in Amazonas state, Brazil March 4, 2016. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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A woman carries jerrycans to fill them with water from a charity tap in Yemen's capital Sanaa, March 7, 2016. KHALED ABDULLAH/REUTERS

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A man fills a glass with water from a spring in Chiffa in Medea Governorate, Algeria March 4, 2016. RAMZI BOUDINA/REUTERS

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An indigenous Sahrawi woman fills a jerrycan with water from a cistern outside her shelter at a desert refugee camp of Al-Smara in Tindouf, southern Algeria March 2, 2016. ZOHRA BENSEMRA/REUTERS

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Water pipes run the length of the causeway between Singapore and Malaysia's southern city of Johor Bahru (R), transporting up to 250 million gallons (946 million litres) of water or approximately 60 percent of Singapore's water needs each day, March 10, 2016. EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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Residents walk past water pipes in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria March 7, 2016. BASSAM KHABIEH/REUTERS

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A Palestinian man pulls his donkey loaded with empty bottles and a jerrycan, as he makes his way to fill them with drinking water, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip March 1, 2016. IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS

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Visitors scoop water using traditional ladles at a natural spring water spot known as the "divine water" at Daikyoji Temple, also called Shibamata Taishakuten, in Tokyo, Japan, March 6, 2016. Local residents drink the water or rinse their mouths and wash their hands to purify themselves and wish for good fortune. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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A girl collects drinking water at Dala river outside Yangon, Myanmar March 3, 2016. SOE ZEYA TUN/REUTERS

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Monkeys pass by vending machines selling water and soft drinks in Hong Kong, China February 29, 2016. BOBBY YIP/REUTERS

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A migrant worker carries water for drinking and cooking from a public tap at a migrant workers' village in Beijing, China February 24, 2016. Residents use the tap water for drinking and washing. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A woman pushes a cart past a water bar selling various imported bottles of water at a department store in Seoul, South Korea March 8, 2016. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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