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Climate change and resilient WASH services in South Asia

VANITA SUNEJA With a large population living in poverty and fragile topography, South Asia region is going to be the most affected by climate change. In 2018, Lancet’s countdown on health and climate change estimated that the number of people exposed to heat waves in India increased by 40 million in five years from 2012 to 2016. In past few years, western India, southern and central Pakistan and north-western region of Bangladesh have faced frequent droughts. Severe heat waves and prolonged droughts diminish the quality and availability of water, whether it is surface water or groundwater. Water stress makes women...

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