When scientists and environmentalists warned about the possibility of water shortages causing major conflicts years ago already the general public scoffed, but this has proven to be true and it continues.

People need water, it is as simple as that, and when there is insufficient water to serve the needs of the community, conflicts will arise. Without water humanity cannot survive; agriculture dies; industry cannot prosper, and eventually everything, including the planet as we know it will die.

There were many water conflicts in 2016, not only those about which we heard via mainstream news, and there are still many water conflicts going on – some we have heard of and some we most probably never will hear about.

The 2017 Water Conflicts include but are not limited to:

Bangladesh: More than 50 individuals were injured in clashes over the potential ecological impacts of a proposed coal plant on aquatic ecosystems and fisheries when protesters took to the streets in the centre of Dhaka.

Darfur: Clashes between farmers and herders over access to water resources and land in the southern part of Darfur have led to the death of at least 70 people over the past few months.

India: Water shortages led to violent clashes between two groups in the parched Sehore district, leaving 7 people injured and one critical.

Syria: According to the official Syrian Arab News Agency, the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State destroyed the main pipeline supplying water to Raqqa in an airstrike. Other damage and deaths also occurred when ISIS flooded villages in the Deir Hafer Plain of east Aleppo in response to the advance of the Syrian Arab Army.

Ukraine: Nearly three million people have been left without access to reliable water supplies due to a series of attacks on energy and water systems in the Ukraine which included repeated damage to the Donetsk Filtration Plant, the South Donbas water pipeline, energy plants that supply power to water treatment and distribution systems, and the Carbonit Water Pumping Station.

Yemen: Airstrikes, shelling, and sniper attacks in and around the town of Al Mokha in Yemen have injured and killed dozens of civilians and damaged the water infrastructure in several cities.

These water conflicts will continue and will only get worse as water shortages get worse across the globe. Remember, even if your country is not currently experiencing water shortages, it may in the future, so save water wherever you can whenever you can.

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