A Glimpse Into the Near Future
India is faced with the worst water shortage crisis in the country’s history. A new report details how 21 Indian cities are expected to completely run out of groundwater in the next year and a half.
The climate crisis is reaching critical levels as the nation of India faces the most dire water shortage in its history.
A report issued by an Indian government think tank shows that as many as 200,000 people die each year in India due to a lack of clean water. Additionally, the report shows that 600 million Indians currently face acute water shortages. Most terrifying of all, however, is their prediction that 21 Indian cities will run out of groundwater by 2020 — just a year and a half from now.
If those statistics don’t hit home for you, consider the fact that 40% of the 1.3 billion people living in India — that’s 5.2 million people — will have zero access to clean drinking water by 2030, just 12 years from now.
The study also warned of other threats related to water shortages, including food insecurity.
“We are all going to pay a heavy price when the water runs out. Why not pay a reasonable cost for its proper management to avoid that situation?” — Mridula Ramesh, author of The Climate Solution: India’s Climate-Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It
The list of cities doomed to run dry include New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Chennai.
Many of the issues contributing to India’s water crisis come down to planning and resource management.
Human and animal waste is routinely dumped into canals and streets, which causes drain blockages, and many bodies of water have been built upon, restricting access and contributing to groundwater contamination.
Political tensions over the right to water have already begun to escalate as eleven Indian states engage in seven major disputes over the sharing of river water.
India is also engaged in age-old disputes with neighboring countries Bangladesh, China, and Pakistan over water rights to rivers that cross national borders. People have died protesting the issue.
Farmers have also begun to witness the effects of extreme drought, as the government of the state of Gujarat cut off irrigation water and asked farmers not to plant crops.
If you’re concerned about the immigration crises across the world now, prepare yourself, because they will only get worse as long as climate-change deniers and big oil executives remain in power.