Satellite pictures show Water Crisis across the Globe- Day Zero is Coming

India has the highest groundwater consumption in the world. India receives 4,000 billion cubic meters of rain against its requirement of 3,000 billion cubic meters. A surplus of 1000 billion cubic meters. So where is the problem? We could harvest only 8% of the rains- which is one of the lowest in the world.  

Satellite pictures show Water Crisis across the Globe- Day Zero is Coming

With the alarming water crisis across the globe, there has been a rapid rise in the number of cities facing water scarcity. From the fifth largest city in India, Chennai to the South African capital of Cape Town- the world is running out of its water resources at a lightning fast rate. Reservoirs are shrinking in other parts of the world as well– such as in Morocco, India, Iraq and Spain. The day isn't far when the government decided to shut off the general water supply and starts rationing water to the citizens. Day Zero is coming. There could be many reasons for the decreasing level of Water. Mismanagement of resources, exhaustion of groundwater, severe drought, or climate change....causing changes in rainfall patterns.

Take a look at these satellite images. They show the shrinking reservoirs of Chennai. With delayed monsoons, the city faced a rude shock when four of its main reservoirs went dry. Long queue for water.. like these…became a common sight. 

India has the highest groundwater consumption in the world. India receives 4,000 billion cubic meters of rain against its requirement of 3,000 billion cubic meters. A surplus of 1000 billion cubic meters. 
So where is the problem? We could harvest only 8% of the rains- which is one of the lowest in the world.  

Rapid and unplanned urbanization has destroyed the traditional ways of harvesting water in wetlands, ponds and watersheds. The crisis seems inevitable. A Niti Aayog report released last year predicts Day Zero for 21 Indian cities by next year. Lack of water has led to Political unrest in some parts of the country. 

The situation is equally bad in other parts of the world as well..Like other North African countries, Morocco also stands in the face of a water crisis. As these satellite pictures show the second-largest reservoir, Al- Massira has shrunk by over 60% in the last three years. It was hit by the worst drought in three decades followed by insufficient rainfall causing crisis across the nation.

More than 70,000 Moroccans were affected by the crisis and the grain production fell by almost 50% across regions. It is not estimated when the crisis shall reach its peak in Morocco, but with the rising demand and the rapidly changing climate, the day is not far. 

The Mosul dam in Iraq has shrunk by 60% since the 1990s. Poor water resource management by the government has led to this situation. Iraq has seen over 6,000 protests and conflicts over the last few years.. 

There have been regions across the nation that have reported intense droughts throughout and rainfall seems to be a far fetched dream.