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July 26, 2010
Pakistan water crisis
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Besides grappling with insurgents, suicide bombers and deep poverty, Pakistan is facing a severe crisis as a ballooning population and inefficient farming combine to reduce the availability of water. Up to a third of Pakistan's 175 million people lack safe drinking water and nearly 630 children die each day from diarrhea, according to a study done last year by the U.S.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. (15 images)

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Children wait to fill up containers with water from a public pump in the outskirts of Islamabad on June 26, 2010. Pakistan is facing a severe crisis as a ballooning population and inefficient farming combine to reduce the availability of water. AP / Dita Alangkara


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Boys stand on the dried up part of Rawal Lake in Islamabad, Pakistan on July 4, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A youth stands on the dried up part of Rawal Lake in Islamabad, Pakistan on July 4, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A Pakistani boy walks on the dried up part of Rawal Lake in Islamabad, Pakistan on July 4, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A boy plays in a pool of muddy water in Islamabad, Pakistan on July 1, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A Pakistani boy drinks water from a public pump in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on June 26, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A boy carries a container of water collected from a public tap in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 22, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A Pakistani fills up a container with water from a public tap in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 29, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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Pakistanis line up for water from a public tap in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 22, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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Pakistani children gather around a leaking water pipe in Islamabad. on June 26, 2010 AP / Dita Alangkara



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A Pakistani man fills up a container with water from a public tap during a sandstorm in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on June 23, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A boy takes a bath at a slum in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on June 28, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A man washes his foot at a slum in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on June 28, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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Youths play in the water of a drying up river in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on July 3, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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A Pakistani man showers with water from a leaking pipe in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 29, 2010. AP / Dita Alangkara



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