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Half of All Burmese Villages Lack Clean Drinking Water

11 March 2014

About half of the approximately 65,000 villages in Burma lack access to clean drinking water, according Rural Area Development Department data cited by government mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar. It reported that 34,311 villages “are severely affected by water scarcity,” adding that the department plans to supply drinking water to more than 20,000 of these villages from April 2014 to April 2016. About 70 percent of Burma’s population of around 60 million people lives in rural areas. A lack of clean drinking water and poor sanitation and hygiene is a leading cause of diarrhea, which is known to kill thousands of young children every year.