22 Mar Africa’s urbanization outpaces capacity to provide water, sanitation – UN
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UN News Centre
21 March 2011 – The number of people without access to adequate water and sanitation facilities in Africa has risen swiftly in recent decades as the continent’s rapid urbanization outpaced its capacity to provide the essential services, two United Nations agencies said in report released today.
According to the findings of the Rapid Response Assessment undertaken by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and released ahead of World Water Day, Africa’s urban population without access to safe drinking water rose from close to 30 million in 1990 to more that 55 million in 2008.