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UN Report Warns of Global Water Crisis Amid Climate Change

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In this Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 file photo, paramilitary police work to evacuate people trapped in a flooded area in Suizhou in central China's Hubei Province. Flooding in central China continued to cause havoc in both cities and rural areas. According to a United Nations report released on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, much of the world is unprepared for the floods, hurricanes and droughts expected to worsen with climate change and urgently needs better warning systems to avert water-related disasters. (Chinatopix via AP)
In this Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 file photo, paramilitary police work to evacuate people trapped in a flooded area in Suizhou in central China's Hubei Province. Flooding in central China continued to cause havoc in both cities and rural areas. According to a United Nations report released on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, much of the world is unprepared for the floods, hurricanes and droughts expected to worsen with climate change and urgently needs better warning systems to avert water-related disasters. (Chinatopix via AP)

Washington (AP) -- Much of the world is unprepared for the floods, hurricanes and droughts expected to worsen with climate change and urgently needs better warning systems to avert water-related disasters, according to a report by the United Nations' weather agency.

Global water management is “fragmented and inadequate,” the report published Tuesday found, with nearly 60% of 101 countries surveyed needing improved forecasting systems that can help prevent devastation from severe weather.