World Water Day: Many in Chile lack access to water

Today is World Water Day, a day that highlights the importance of freshwater and its sustainable management.

Many people in Chile do not have access to enough water, having to choose between drinking, watering their garden crops and washing their hands.

The country has faced an unprecedented drought, which has limited water supplies. But this was exacerbated when the government diverted water to money-generating agricultural concerns, leaving many without water.

Al Jazeera’s Latin America Editor Lucia Newman reports from Petorca, Chile.

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In This Story: Chile

Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in western South America. It occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chile covers an area of 756,096 square kilometres (291,930 sq mi) and has a population of 17.5 million as of 2017. The capital and largest city is Santiago and the national language is Spanish.

Chile borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Isla Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica under the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

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