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WaterAid raises alarm over threat by climate change to water supplies in Africa

WaterAid raises alarm over threat by climate change to water supplies in Africa

Following challenges in access to water supply, WaterAid Nigeria, Tuesday, raised alarm over threat posed by dreaded climate change to water supplies in Africa.

This was made known by WaterAid in a statement, where it announced Africa Climate Week, to be hosted virtually by Uganda and United Nations, UN, partners, from Sunday 26-29 September, as African countries prepare their positions in advance of the COP26 climate summit in the UK.

According to WaterAid, Africa is the most-exposed region to the adverse effects of climate change despite contributing the least to global warming. The entire continent accounts for less than four per cent of total global carbon emissions but is home to 33 of the top 50 countries most vulnerable to climate change.

The statement reads in part, “This year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report shows a clear link between climate change and water. It makes a stark warning that urgent action is needed to tackle the dangerous effects of climate change, which is most felt through access to water: flooding, drought, unpredictable weather patterns and salination from rising seas.

“Current examples include by 2025 Niger’s annual water needs will exceed the available water resources and by 2050 water volumes are expected to fall significantly across Burkina Faso; The UN declared that Madagascar is on the brink of experiencing the world’s first “climate change famine” in the south of the island nation.

“The fluctuations in the levels of Malawi’s 2nd largest body of water, Lake Chilwa, have become ever more extreme affecting the lives of 1.5 million who live in that densely populated basin region. Pictured above and available here.

“In Nigeria, 60 million people lack clean water close to home, depending almost entirely on groundwater for domestic water supply, especially in rural areas.
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