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Water pollution threatens health of 320 million people, says UN

Water pollution threatens health of 320 million people, says UN
August 30
16:26 2016

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Tuesday said increase of water pollution has placed over 320 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases.

The diseases include cholera and typhoid.

UNEP said about 3.4 million people on the three continents die each year from diseases associated with bacteria, viruses or other microorganisms in the water.

It said many of these diseases were caused by human waste in water.

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“The increasing amount of waste water being dumped into our surface waters is deeply troubling,” Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP chief scientist, said.

The main reasons behind the rise in surface water pollution are population growth, increased economic activity, the expansion and intensification of agriculture.

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