Issue Date: Jan 15, 1997
Parched and thirsty. A more gloomier scenario could not have been predicted for Asian
countries in the coming years by the World Bank (WB). And this is in spite of the periodic
floods that visit unfortunate shores in China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia
Water supplies in Asia, earlier in plenty, have become scarce
due to rapid industrial expansion, rising standards of living and growing populations.
A break-up of several Asian countries foresees drought-like conditions for most. A recent