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03/22/2012

Editor's Choice Pictures of the Day - World Water Day - March 22, 2012

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World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22, aims to focus on water and food security, and the sustainable management of water resources, according to the United Nations.  World Water Day calls for international attention on the impact of rapid urban growth, industrialisation and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.

 

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An Indian girl carries a stainless steel pot on her head as she stand outside the house in the fisherman colony in Mumbai on March 22, 2012.

 

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REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

A boy is silhouetted against the setting sun while arranging bottles of drinking water for sale at 10 PKR ($0.11) along Karachi's Clifton beach March 15, 2012. World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22, aims to focus on water and food security, according to the United Nations.

 

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A woman smokes tobacco during a ceremony held on World Water Day in Bogota, on March 22, 2012. Hundreds of people gathered in different parks and wetlands of Colombia to celebrate World Water Day with songs and prayers, in an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the importance of water resources.

 

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AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

Indians collect water from a public tap at a slum area in Hyderabad, India,  March 22, 2012. The U.N. estimates that more than one in six people worldwide do not have access to 20-50 liters (5-13 gallons) of safe freshwater a day to ensure their basic needs for drinking, cooking and cleaning.

 

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A water-vendor collects water in jerrycans to sell on March 22, 2012 in the Mathare slum, Nairobi ,where a water shortage continues to bite on World Water Day. A hundred and thirty countries on Tuesday urged the upcoming Rio Summit to speed action on providing the poor with access to clean water and sanitation and fix worsening problems of water scarcity and pollution. Slum dwellers in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe hold a meeting in Nairobi, organised by Amnesty International, to draw attention to their plight as African ministers hold talks on housing problems.

 

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AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

A young Indian boy holds a pot after collecting water from a broken pipe in a slum on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, March 22, 2012.

 

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AP Photo/Sushanta Das

A young Indian boy drinks water from a public tap in Agartala, India, Wednesday, March 21, 2012. As the world gears up to celebrate World Water Day on March 22, 2012.

 

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AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

A woman bathes using water collected from various areas on World Water Day at a slum in Bhubaneswar, India, March 22, 2012.

 

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REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A fisherman casts a net over the waters of Lake Cocibolca, also known as Lake of Nicaragua March 21, 2012. The lake, with an area of  3,166 square miles (8,200 square km), is the biggest in the country.

 

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REUTERS/Borja Suarez

A dead fish lies on the cracked earth of the drought-stricken La Sorrueda reservoir near Santa Lucia village, at the Spain's Canary island of Gran Canaria, March 22, 2012.

 

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AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

A Hindu women offers prayers on the banks of the River Ganges, on World Water Day in Allahabad, India, March 22, 2012.

 

 

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