Water at a glance

• 2 billion people have gained access to safe drinking water since 1990.

• 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services – lavatories or latrines.

• 5,000 children die each day, on average, due to preventable water- and sanitation-related diseases.

• Hydropower is the most important and widely used renewable source of energy, representing 19 per cent of total electricity production worldwide.

• Around 70 per cent of all available water is used for irrigation.

(c) N. Silpngamlert UNEP Topham

• Floods account for 15 per cent of all deaths related to natural disasters.

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