August 28, 2009

Nepalese suffering water shortage

The effects of climate change on Nepal will mean more suffering for millions of people living in extreme poverty, an international aid agency said.

Nepal already is experiencing poor harvests and water shortages in rural areas, an Oxfam report said. Millions of people are dependent on water flowing from the mountains and some streams have dried to a trickle, the report said.

The report was released Thursday in advance of a December summit in Copenhagen on the threat of climate change in the Himalayas, especially Nepal, which is emerging from nearly 10 years of civil conflict, the BBC reported Friday.

Nepal this year had its driest winter in 40 years, followed by late and unpredictable monsoons, which exposed more land to erosion, Oxfam spokesman Prabin Man Singh said.

The people living in the rural areas were already having lots of problems in their livelihoods. But with the climate change, the whole scenario, the whole struggle of their survival has been exaggerated, he said.