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Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
About 4 billion people experience severe water shortages for at least one month a year and around 1.6 billion people - almost a quarter of the world's population - have problems accessing a clean, safe water supply, according to the United Nations.

While the UN's Sustainable Development Goals call for water and sanitation for all by 2030, the world body says water scarcity is increasing and more than half the world's population will be living in water-stressed regions by 2050.

In the run-up to the UN's World Water Day on March 22, Reuters photographers used drones to capture dramatic pictures and video of polluted waterways around the world.
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows rotten trees in a toxic lake near southwestern town of Yatagan in Mugla province,...
MUGLA, Turkey
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows rotten trees in a toxic lake near southwestern town of Yatagan in Mugla province, Turkey, February 24, 2021. The toxic lake, known as an ash dam, is created by a mix of waste water and polluted ash which are both produced at the nearby Yatagan power station, according to environmental activist Deniz Gumusel. The lake contains heavy metals such as selenium, cadmium, boron, nickel, copper and zinc that are leaking into the earth and groundwater of the Yatagan Plain, an agricultural plain that feeds both Yatagan and Mugla towns. It is one of 15 ash dams in Turkey, which environmental organizations are trying to tackle, to stop them from causing further damage to nature. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows a discarded sofa on the Tiete river near Ecological Tiete Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil,...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows a discarded sofa on the Tiete river near Ecological Tiete Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 17, 2021. The Rio Tiete, which flows like a vast open sewer though Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo, is among the most polluted in the country. Over 100 km of the river are considered dead or too polluted for almost all marine life. The stinking river, which receives hundreds of tonnes of untreated sewage and waste every day, is a black mark on Brazil's wealthiest city. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows domestic waste floating on the stream of the Citarum river in Bandung, Indonesia,...
Bandung, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows domestic waste floating on the stream of the Citarum river in Bandung, Indonesia, March 15, 2021. The government has pledged to clean the Citarum river, considered among the world's most polluted, and make the water there drinkable by 2025, but household and industrial waste have continued to flow in its stream. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows the Cuyahoga River in Akron, Ohio, U.S., March 17, 2021. In 1969 the Cuyahoga River...
Akron, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows the Cuyahoga River in Akron, Ohio, U.S., March 17, 2021. In 1969 the Cuyahoga River caught fire due to pollution, causing congress to pass the clean water act and the Ohio EPA was formed. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Megan Jelinger SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows hoverboats on the ice of lake Baikal near the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye in...
BOLSHOYE GOLOUSTNOYE, Russia
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows hoverboats on the ice of lake Baikal near the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye in Irkutsk region, Russia, March 8, 2021. Lake Baikal remains one of the world's cleanest fresh water reservoirs. But pollution and the growth of weeds are harming microorganisms, sponges and some molluscs that filter its waters. The Baikal pulp and paper mill and its sewage treatment facilities were closed seven years ago, but pollution has spread significantly since then, according to local media. That, some experts say, is because pollution left behind at the industrial site is draining into the lake. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows cars moving next to the Interceptor Poniente canal in Cuautitlan, State of Mexico,...
Cuautitlán, Mexico
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows cars moving next to the Interceptor Poniente canal in Cuautitlan, State of Mexico, Mexico, March 18, 2021. Drainage system waterways around densely-populated Mexico City, like the Interceptor Poniente, are heavily polluted with sewage and trash from nearby communities. Access to reliable water services is limited in low-income areas. Mexico has one of the lowest shares of its population connected to public wastewater treatment plants in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to the agency. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows people walking along the bank of the River Tame near Denton, Britain, March 17,...
DENTON, United Kingdom
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows people walking along the bank of the River Tame near Denton, Britain, March 17, 2021. A University of Manchester report in 2018 found that the River Tame near Denton had 'the worst' level of micro-plastic pollution ever recorded anywhere in the world at that time. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Phil Noble SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows disposed garbage on the shore of Guanabara bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows disposed garbage on the shore of Guanabara bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 17, 2021. One of the legacy promises of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was the cleanup of Guanabara Bay. After four years, the situation has worsened, according to data from state environmental institute Inea. The environmental degradation of the water bodies in metropolitan Rio is putting at both local ecosystems and public health at risk, says Brazilian biologist Mario Moscatelli. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 29, 2021
Workers collect plastic trash that litters the polluted Potpecko Lake near a dam's hydroelectric plant...
PRIBOJ, Serbia
Serbia starts cleanup of its garbage lake
Workers collect plastic trash that litters the polluted Potpecko Lake near a dam's hydroelectric plant near the town of Priboj, Serbia, January 29, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows a drain pipe feeding into the Euphrates River carrying sewage, near Najaf, Iraq,...
Najaf, Iraq
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows a drain pipe feeding into the Euphrates River carrying sewage, near Najaf, Iraq, March 16, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows people fishing from a wooden bridge at the Pisang Batu river, which flows through...
Bekasi, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows people fishing from a wooden bridge at the Pisang Batu river, which flows through a densely populated area and is polluted by domestic waste, in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, March 16, 2021. Pisang Batu river, on the outskirts of Jakarta, made national headlines in 2019 after plastic garbage and organic waste from nearby households completely covered its surface stretching 1.5 kilometres. The river has fewer waste after several cleanup operations, but the water is black, emitting a strong odour. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 18, 2021
An aerial view shows water contaminated with raw sewage flowing via open channels into the ocean at Hann...
Dakar, Senegal
The Wider Image: Seen from the sky: polluted waters around the world
An aerial view shows water contaminated with raw sewage flowing via open channels into the ocean at Hann Bay on the eastern edge of Dakar's peninsula, whose sandy shorefront is discoloured by stagnant algae, in Dakar, Senegal, March 17, 2021. Inadequate sewer infrastructure in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Hann-Bel-air and Mbao means large amounts of solid and liquid waste is released into the bay untreated year-round. On Hann beach, an artisanal fishing hub, old tyres lie around a canal filed with putrid water and trash. "We live in sickness here, because our families are in direct contact with this water and this waste," said fisherman and local resident Pape Malick Ba. Last September, the water and sanitation ministry launched a long-promised project to clean up Hann bay at a cost of 93 billion CFA francs ($168 million). As residents wait for it to yield results, they struggle to keep their beaches clean through citizen initiatives. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "GLOBAL WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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