Why have the world’s river beds dried up?

Everywhere I travel I see the dry floors of river beds, often with just a tiny stream dribbling down one side. Why is this? Where has all of the water gone?

I’ve seen this is India, Australia, Spain New Zealand, Nepal and Portugal. In these dry river beds I see kids playing, cattle grazing and people collecting rocks.

Is it that I always see these rivers in the dry season? Or have we humans stopped the flow of these important rivers to use the energy for hydroelectricity?

Maybe soon I will see a rushing river, away from the Himalayan gorges.

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