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Photos show countries facing the highest water stress in the world

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One quarter of the world’s population faces worrying levels of water stress.

The World Resources Institute, a non-profit, released a report this month identifying 17 countries face “extremely high” levels of water stress. Twelve of the countries are in Middle East and North Africa.

“Water stress” measures how much competition there is over water, meaning where demand is highest and supply is lowest.

Since the 1960s, water withdrawals have doubled globally, with the water primarily being used for agriculture, industry, and municipalities, the report said.

Here are photos and maps showing what it’s like living with extremely high levels of water stress.

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