(YNetNews) A new study by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) found an alarming decrease in the amount of freshwater available in the Middle East.

The report said that an amount of freshwater “almost the size of the Dead Sea” has been lost in parts of the Middle East over the past seven years.

The researchers attribute about 60% of the loss to pumping of groundwater from underground reservoirs, the NASA release said.

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