60% of world's open defecators in India

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Though there has been a considerable improvement in sanitary conditions in India since 1990, the number of people defecating in open (626 million) is still enough to fill one-and-half football stadia every day. According to the recently-released WHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme report, the MDG) target aimed at halving the population by 2015 of those who in 1990 were without access to basic sanitation is unlikely to be met.

Source: Hindustan Times, 27th March 2012

Date: 29 March 2012