South Asia's Troubled Waters

Reporters William Wheeler and Anna-Katarina Gravgaard reflect on their experiences in Nepal, India and Pakistan reporting on water.

Indian Officials Declare Drought Worst Water Shortage in Mumbai’s History

Twenty million residents of Mumbai, India's largest city, are facing an acute water shortage, the BBC reports this week. Authorities have cut water supplies by 30 percent, due to shortages brought on by sporadic monsoon rainfall. If rain doesn't come soon, agricultural production is likely to suffer and urban residents are worried they will have to buy water from private tankers. If the drought continues, the lakes that feed the city's water supplies will continue to recede.

In The Shadow of the Walls

Featured on Foreign Exchange beginning Friday, July 10, 2009.

Produced by Scott P. Harris
In association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

In 1998, the historic Good Friday Agreement ended the thirty-year sectarian war in Northern Ireland known as "The Troubles." Although great strides have been made, the poor working class neighborhoods of Belfast remain fiercely divided. Giant walls, known as "peace lines," keep Catholics and Protestants separated, and while they keep the people safe, they also prevent true peace.

Nepal: Laying Sewers Before the Monsoon

The streets of Boudha have turned into a muddy puddle as monsoon and sewer water mix while frantic community members work to lay down pipes before the waters rise over their feet.