Jordan among 25 countries facing water scarcity, 25% of world population

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AMMAN — According to the latest data in the report from the World Resources Institute, the global community is facing an "unprecedented emergency" regarding the issue of water scarcity and shortage. This problem has emerged due to population growth, climate change, and ineffective water management practices.اضافة اعلان

The report, released every 4 years, states that, “25 countries – equivalent to a quarter of the world's population – including 15 Arab countries, are currently experiencing exceptionally high levels of annual water stress,” Hala News reported.

They add that, "globally, nearly 4 billion individuals experience water stress for at least one month annually, and this number could increase by nearly 60 percent by 2050… Among the 25 water-scarce countries, 15 are Arab countries, with the top 5 being Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Oman."

The other Arab countries mentioned in the report are the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Jordan, and Syria.

The report points out that the regions with the highest water stress rates are primarily the Middle East and North Africa, where 83 percent of the population faces extremely high water pressure. Additionally, 74 percent of the population in South Asia experiences similar conditions.

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