Poor san­i­ta­tion cost In­dia 5.2 % of its GDP in 2015

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ac­cess to san­i­ta­tion shaved off US $106.7 bil­lion, or 5.2 per cent, from In­dia's Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct in 2015, ac­cord­ing to a re­port. The re­port adds that the global econ­omy lost around US $222.9 bil­lion due to poor san­i­ta­tion in 2015, an in­crease of 22 per cent from 2010, when the fig­ure was $182.5 bil­lion. The eco­nomic bur­den of poor san­i­ta­tion was the max­i­mum in Asia-Pa­cific, which ac­counts for over three quar­ters —$ 172.3 bil­lion—of the to­tal loss. Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean and Africa each ac­count for ap­prox­i­mately 10 per cent of the global cost. The re­port was pub­lished by the Lixil Group Corporation, a Ja­panese con­struc­tion con­glom­er­ate; WaterAid, a non-profit; and Ox­ford Eco­nom­ics, a con­sul­tancy firm.

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