More than five billion people globally are expected to face a shortage of water by 2050,a United Nations agency report has warned. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO),on Tuesday, said that climate change increases the global risk of water-related hazards like floods and droughts, and the number of people affected by water scarcity is also expected to sour.

“According to figures cited in the report,3.6 billion people had inadequate access to water at least one month per year in 2018.By 2050,this is expected to rise to more than five billion, the report titled “The State of Climate Services 202:Water” said.

It highlighted the need for urgent action to improve water management, embrace water and climate policies and scale up investment in this precious commodity which underpins all the international goals on sustainable development, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

“Increasing temperatures are resulting in global and regional precipitation changes, leading to shifts in rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons, with a major impact on food security and human health and well-being,” said World Meteorological Organization(WMO) Secretary-General Patteri Taalas.

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