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U.N. report: more people have cell phones than have toilets

(KFVS) -

A report released by the U.N. shows that there are more people on planet Earth with cell phones than people who have toilets.

According to the Daily Mail, the report relays that six billion out of the world's seven billion people have cell phones, but only 4.5 billion people in the world have a toilet.

It was also discovered that 22 countries, including Brazil, China and Kenya, are part of the 80 percent of the world that has had to resort to open defecation.

Martin Mogwanja with UNICEF said that given the current state, the sanitation goals set by the U.N. won't be met until 2075.

In India, nearly 1 billion people have a registered cell phone while only 30 percent of people there have their sanitation needs met.

It's believed that the low cost of some cell phones makes them more accessible than toilets to low-income people.

Other countries without proper sanitation include Ethiopia, Nigeria, China and Indonesia.

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