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Climate change causes acute water shortage in Ghana

Parts of Ghana are reeling under acute water shortage as taps have stopped running and raw water sources are drying up.

A combination of drought and illegal mining activities as well as unsafe environmental practices has conspired to make raw water sources unproductive for a country that seeks to achieve universal coverage by 2025, Xinhua reported.

Residents of Nsawam Adoagyiri, about 50 km north-west of the capital, are battling an acute water shortage as the Densu river, the source of raw water to serve the communities, has dried up.

Farming activities by the residents along the banks, lumbering and bush burning have been cited as factors leading to the shortage of raw water sources in the community and other areas in Ghana.

Stefano Peppucci

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