A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Manila, Philippines: Rows of shanties contribute to the pollution of an inland river. A recent report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the global development network of the United Nations, noted that more than 10 million Filipinos have no access to safe drinking water, while more than 21 million lack basic sanitation.

Photograph: Mike F Alquinto/EPA

Guangxi province, China: Girls play on parched land. Last year a severe drought left more than 2.4 million people short of drinking water.

Photograph: AP

Hyderabad, India: Women struggle through a crowd to reach a mobile water tanker in a slum area.Photograph: Mahesh Kumar/AP

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya: One of thousands of dead flamingos on the dry lake bed. The number of flamingoes living on the lake had declined dramatically, a number of factors have been blamed including the receding waters of the lake, and pollution.

Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

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