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Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the dinner hosted by the President of United States of America (USA), Barack Obama, at the White House, in Washington. PTI Photo

Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the dinner hosted by the President of United States of America (USA), Barack Obama, at the White House, in Washington. PTI Photo


Water scarcity to cost growth, spark conflict, migration: WB
Washington, May 4 (PTI) The World Bank has warned that
water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could impact
growth, spur migration and spark conflict across the globe
including in India where several regions are facing water
deficit.
A World Bank report 'High and Dry: Climate Change, Water
and the Economy' released yesterday said the combined effects
of growing populations, rising incomes and expanding cities
will see demand for water rising exponentially, while supply
becomes more erratic and uncertain.
Calling for need to enhance efficiency of water use in
India, a top World Bank official said there is going to be
mounting, increasing water deficits, or at least increasing
demands for water across India.
In India, property related violence increases by about
four per cent when there is below average rainfall and
communal riots become more frequent following episodes of
floods, the World Bank said.
In Gujarat, when groundwater irrigation became less
available or more expensive due to a declining water table,
farmers migrated to cities instead of seeking alternative
adaptation strategies such as shifts in cropping patterns or
more efficient irrigation technologies, it said.
"According to one estimate, groundwater pumping accounts
for no less than four to six per cent of India's total carbon
emissions," the World Bank said.
"Water scarcity is a major threat to economic growth and
stability around the world, and climate change is making the
problem worse," said World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
"If countries do not take action to better manage water
resources, our analysis shows that some regions with large
populations could be living with long periods of negative
economic growth. But countries can enact policies now that
will help them manage water sustainability for the years
ahead," he said.
World Bank Lead Economist Richard Damania said the climate
models projections about the monsoons have wide variability;
they come out with a number of results. PTI