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Time for Asia to talk water

India's current drought in Chennai is just the latest in water threats faced by Asia. Water issues should form part of the agenda at the East Asia Summit in Bangkok later this year.

For weeks now, the southern Indian metropolis of Chennai - which people in that country like to call the Detroit of India for its many car manufacturing companies - has been afflicted with a monstrous water crisis. Hotels are installing flow governors on taps, some reportedly have even restricted servings of the watery lentil soup, sambar, so popular in those parts.

As my colleague Nirmala Ganapathy reported last month, water supply from Metro Water, the local body that supplies drinking water, has plunged from 830 million litres a day to 525 million litres per day since June 1, after a third consecutive year of drought.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2019, with the headline 'Time for Asia to talk water'. Print Edition | Subscribe