ADB president says 300 million people in Asia-Pacific region faces water scarcity

MANILA: On Tuesday, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) president revealed that about 300 million people in the Asia and Pacific region do not have improved access to water.

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ADB President Takehiko Nakaos comments came during the opening of the Asia Water Forum 2018 at the institutions headquarters in Manila.

About 300 million people in the Asia and Pacific region do not have improved access to water and 1.7 billion lack access to basic sanitation, Nakao said.

This years forum features over four days a series of panels, leadership discussions, technical sessions and workshops.

According to the press release by ABD, Water demand in the region is poised to grow by more than half by 2050, leaving up to 3.4 billion people facing water insecurity. Moreover, in 2016, disaster-related losses in Asia totaled $87 billion, of which about 25% was connected to flooding.

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