This suggests that no country's economy is more water-intensive than Pakistan's.According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Pakistan is already the third most water-stressed country in the world.The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has warned that the country may run dry by 2025 if the authorities didn't take an immediate action.

"Pakistan is approaching the scarcity threshold for water.

What is even more disturbing is that groundwater supplies - the last resort of water supply - are being rapidly depleted.

Climate change and poor management Pakistan has the world's fourth highest rate of water use.

Its water intensity rate - the amount of water, in cubic meters, used per unit of GDP - is the world's highest.

() The bulk of Pakistan's farmland is irrigated through a canal system, but the IMF says in a report canal water is vastly underpriced, recovering only one-quarter of annual operating and maintenance costs.

Meanwhile, agriculture, which consumes almost all annual available surface water, is largely untaxed.

Over a quarter of India's population is affected by the ongoing drought conditions prevailing in large parts of the country.

DW examines the reasons behind the problem and the steps needed to alleviate it.

And worst of all is that the authorities have given no indication that they plan to do anything about any of this," Michael Kugelman, South Asia expert at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center, told DW.