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Pakistan has improved in building resilience to water-related disasters: ADB

Asian Development Bank (ADB) says water security in Asia and Pacific has progressed overall in the past five years.

This has been stated in a new edition of the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 released by ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday.

According to the report, there are still major challenges to address such as overexploited ground water, demand from rising populations, and climate variability.

Women across world spend 200m hours every day collecting water: Unicef

Women and girls across the world collectively spend about 200 million hours every day collecting water which is a “colossal waste” of their valuable time, the UN children’s agency has said of the activity which is a daily routine for millions of girls in India.

As World Water week began on Monday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) highlighted the opportunity cost from a lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend as much as 200 million hours – or more than 22,800 years – every day collecting this vital resource.

PMD Warns of Flooding After India’s Water Release

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Monday issued a warning about the chances of riverine flood in Pakistan as India is mulling to release rainwater from its main rivers in next few days.

The impetus for the flood is the significant increase, 25 % to be precise above average rain since the onset of the monsoon season.

Detailing about the likely flood, PMD Director-General Dr Ghulam Rasul told that normal to heavy showers are expected in the catchment areas near India from August 31 to September 1.

Pakistan moves int’l court against Indian water projects

LAHORE - Islamabad moved international court of arbitration against two hydropower projects being built by India in held Kashmir, said a top official of Ministry of Water & Power in an interaction with journalists at Wapda House yesterday.

The official, who wanted not to be named, said the decision to approach the court of arbitration had been taken on the recommendation of international lawyers hired to pursue Pakistan’s case on Kishanganga and Ratle Power projects.

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