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Nearly 100 villages flooded in Sialkot, Zafarwal after India release water

SIALKOT (Dunya News) – Nearly a hundred villages in Zafarwal and Sialkot region are water-logged after India lifted gates to flood Nullah Dek leading to rising water-level in River Chenab, reported Monday.

Land connection to around 50 villages in Bijwat area is suspended while several rural localities in Zafarwal are inundated. Crops grown on hundreds of acres of land have been spoiled while a dyke was breached in Mozah Mangwal.

Islamabad willing to go for water treaty with Kabul

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP) has expressed its willingness to sign a water treaty with Afghanistan.“We have held many brainstorming sessions at the ministry on this particular issue after receiving credible reports about Afghanistan’s plans to build dams on Kabul River.

Some of Pakistan’s ambassadors appointed in various capitals have taken up this issue with the officials of the ministry and sometimes the Foreign Office also agitated this issue,” a top official of the ministry told The News.

World Bank okays $200m for Balochistan Irrigation Water

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank approved a $200 million credit to strengthen Balochistan government’s initiative for community-based water management for irrigation in the province.

Balochistan Integrated Water Resources Management & Development Project will support investments in two of the eighteen basins in Balochistan—Nari and Porali river basins. These river basins were selected based on an assessment of surface water resources development opportunities.

Chairman PCRWR Visited Lasbella University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Uthal, Lasbella, Balochistan

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Chairman, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), visited Lasbella University Uthal on January 13, 2016 along with Muhammad Ishtiaque Rao Director Incharge, DRIP, Tandojam and Dr. Ghulam Murtaza, Senior Research Officer, PCRWR, Karachi. A meeting was held with Prof. Dr. Dost Muhammad Baloch Vice Chancellor and Dean Faculty of Sciences regarding future collaboration between PCRWR and Lasbella University for research activities.

Karezes as a World Cultural Heritage

Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in collaboration with the Government of Balochistan has successfully pleaded the case for "Karezes in Balochistan" for inclusion in the list of Cultural, Natural and Mixed Heritage sites in Pakistan suitable for inscription on World Heritage list of UNESCO. It has been placed at Rank No. 1 under the sites recommended for Cultural sites. Karez irrigation system is a peculiar and one of the oldest-gravity irrigation system mostly in arid and semi-arid areas of the world.

International Water Management Institute (IWM) Delegation visited PCRWR Headquarters

A delegation from International Water Management Institute (IWMI) comprising Mr. Ian W. Makin and Mr. Vladimir Smakhti from Sri Lanka office and Mr. Arif Anwar from Pakistan officevisited PCRWR Headquarters on December 2nd, 2015. The agenda of the meeting was to know about PCRWR R&D activities in order to find areas of mutual collaboration. The Chairman, PCRWR, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf welcomed all the IWMI guests and introduced himself and his team. The PCRWR professionals i.e. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh and Ms. Lubna Naheed Bukhari, Director Generals, Dr. Manzoor Ahmed Malik, Director, Engr.

Provision of Safe Drinking Water: A New Challenge for Pakistan

By the end of the year 2020, the population of Karachi is expected to be approximately 23 million and the demand of water would be 1242 MGD (54 GPCD). And the short fall of water will be of 600 MGD (2700 ml/day).

The looming threat of clean drinking water scarcity constitutes one of the biggest challenges to Pakistan’s survival. This threat is not less dangerous than that of terrorism because it has been taking millions of lives, especially those of children, every year. Water is the most important and basic necessity for human life. Without water life can’t exist.

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