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Jordan: Water shortage arises midst coronavirus lockdown

Jordan

Complaints and concerns over water shortages rose by 58 per cent in Jordan during the first day of a nationwide coronavirus curfew, according to a report by Reuters.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Omar Salameh said that increased demand as a result of the nationwide coronavirus shutdown has compounded issues of climate change, water theft and overuse which have made Jordan the fifth most water-stressed nation in the world.

The arid nation receives less than 50 millimetres of rainfall per year, with some 60 per cent of the country’s water supply being pumped from aquifers beneath the earth’s surface.