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Mangla Dam

Water under the bridge

About Rs25 billion worth of water is wasted every year. That’s what the Wapda chairman reportedly told the Public Accounts Committee earlier this week. That is an understatement. Only about 10 percent of the available 145 million acre feet (maf) of water can be stored in existing reservoirs – global average is around 40 percent. Thanks to insufficient storage capacity and systemic losses, the waste is huge.

Tarbela Dam water level reach at ‘dead level’

Tarbela: Water level of Tarbela Dam on Sunday has reached on dead level of 1380 feet, disclosed daily report of the dam. It said that water level of the dam is very critical; water inflow in the dam was 24300 cusecs feet while the outflow was 30000 cusecs feet and if the situation persists the outflow would decrease.
Officials have shut down five power generation plants whereas only seven are producing 500 MW electricity. The working units are not producing electricity with full capacity.

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.

Climate Change Experts Urge Pakistan to Come Up with Water Management Policy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to formulate and implement a management policy for its water resources, which would soon be surpassing value of petroleum, says Prof Patrick Shea, former director of the US Bureau of Land Management.

In his lecture on “Relevance of Environmental Laws to Coping Climate Change” at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Tuesday, Shea said that establishing an institutional framework to handle the challenge had become all the more important, as Pakistan was turning from a water surplus to a water scarce country.

Water — Pakistan's Most Critical Challenge

Of all the challenges Pakistan is facing, water is the most critical. The country is among the leading five that face extremely high water stress and low access to safe drinking water and sanitation, according to the World Resources Institute.

Similarly, the United Nations categories Pakistan amongst those few unfortunate countries where water shortages could destabilize and jeopardize its existence in the next 10 years.

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