Over half of India poos without a loo

This is one world No. 1 tag India can be ashamed about. Indians comprised 58% of all people across the world who regularly defecated in the open in 2008. That’s more than half the Indian population, a WHO-Unicef report said. While 18% of urban India indulged in the practice, the percentage was as high as 69% in rural parts of the country.

Globally, 1.1 billion people still have no access to toilets, with India alone contributing 638 million to the figure.

Just 11 countries, that includes India, are home to 81% of such people. The other nations include neighbouring countries like China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, besides Indonesia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, Brazil and Niger. The experts say that open defecation leads to deadly diarrhoea and other intestinal diseases, and contributes to poor hygiene which kills hundreds of thousands of people every year.

WHO-Unicef, which released a report on open defecation late on Tuesday night, terms it the riskiest sanitation practice of all...............Read More


Source Web Page: Economic Times of India

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