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Pictures from around the world on the eve of World Water Day. It has been observed on 22 March since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared it.

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A Myanmarese fisherman carries fresh water to his fishing boat on Nyuang Wee Island inhabited by Myanmarese fishermen, in Mergui Archipelago,

Altaf Qadri/AP

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Indian women wash clothes in the River Brahmaputra on the eve of World Water Day in Gauhati, India. World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 as a means to recognize the global need to save, conserve and manage water resources for future generations.

Anupam Nath/AP

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An Indian woman carries a bucket filled with drinking water, right, as other walks with her child on dry mud against blowing sand, along the Brahmaputra river .

Anupam Nath/AP

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An Indian man collects water from a reservoir on the eve of World Water Day in Gauhati, India.

Anupam Nath/AP

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An Indian woman carries a bucket filled with drinking water as she walks on dry mud against blowing sand, along the Brahmaputra river.

Anupam Nath/AP

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A Nepalese woman adjusts her vessel as she stands in a queue to fill it from a public tap in Lalitpur, Nepal.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

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Nepalese women wait to fill their vessels with water in Lalitpur, Nepal.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

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A Nepalese woman carries a vessel containing water after filling it from a public tap in Lalitpur, Nepal.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

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An Indian woman makes her child play with water at a water theme park on the eve of World Water Day in Hyderabad, India.

Mahesh Kumar A./AP

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A man jumps into the water in Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Ricardo Moraes/REUTERS

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The dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir is seen in Cupertino, Calif. Lack of seasonal rain has meant water shortages for Californians this winter. Gov. Jerry Brown has asked for a 20% reduction in water usage, farmers are forecasting an increase in produce prices and ranchers are being forced to sell cattle at auction at a higher rate.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

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PETA activists Nives Brkic (L) and Chloe Kodrun sit in a bathtub to mark World Water Day in downtown Montreal, March 20, 2014.

CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Pakistani farmers use "rehat," a traditional method to fetch water for irrigation in suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan.

B.K. Bangash/AP

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A boy tries to push his father's wheelbarrow which carries containers filled with drinking water from a hand-pump at a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad March 21, 2014. World Water Day will be marked on March 22.

MIAN KHURSHEED/REUTERS

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John Ripley watches as water rushes from the Gray Reef Dam early Wednesday, March 19, 2014 near Alcova, Wyo.

DAN CEPEDA/AP

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A boat is seen in the turbid waters of the Nile, which is caused by silt from the flooding of the river, in Cairo March 21, 2014. Ahead of World Water Day, which falls on March 22 and aims to raise global awareness of water usage and conservation.

AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS

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