Vietnam is currently listed among the countries with water shortages, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

FAO's criteria for calculating if a country has enough water for their population is 4,000cu.m per person per year. However, scientists believe that the average amount of water use in Vietnam is only 3,850 c.m per person per year.

FAO's report states that ground water storage in 20 countries with 50 percent of the world population is becoming exhausted. Therefore, the world is in dire need of water, especially for production of food for human consumption.-VNA