Women prepare lunch at a flood victims camp following prolonged heavy rains in Kenya. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)
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The number of people living without access to electricity in 2016 was a billion, or 13 percent of the global population, with the vast majority in rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, new data released by the World Bank, the United Nations and other organisations showed.Unless efforts to get power to hard-to-reach areas are ramped up, an estimated 674 million people -- about 8 percent of the world's population -- will still live without electricity in 2030, they said in a report.In 2016, 3 billion people, more than 40 percent of the global population, did not have access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking.Progress on boosting use of renewable energy also is set to fall short of the 2030 target, the report said.Electricity accounted for only 20 percent of energy consumption in 2015, said the report, flagging the need to speed up the transition to cleaner energy in transport and heating.That means countries -- and particularly industries -- are using less energy to produce more.
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