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Last Updated: Monday March 20 2006 11:00 GMT

Water in the developing world

Global water facts

    Collecting water
  • 1.1 billion people do not have enough clean water for drinking and cooking.

  • 2.4 billion people do not have proper sanitation, that means they don't have sinks and toilets that are part of a system that removes waste safely.

  • Up to 2 million children die every year in the developing world from diseases that are to do with a poor water supply, poor sanitation or poor hygiene.
How many people have clean water piped into their homes?
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 66%
  • Asia: 49%
  • Africa: 24%

How many people have sinks and toilets linked to a sewage system?
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 66%
  • Asia: 18%
  • Africa: 13%
Figures from the Executive Summary of the WWDR. WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, 2002


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