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KASUR City News

Water released by India in a drain along the Indo-Pak border started receding near Ballanwala village on Wednesday.

Owing to the quick flow of water, breaches occurred in the drain at various places. As a result, crop over hundreds acres submerged. Rescue 1122 teams with the district officials, including DCO Irshad Hussain Shah and DPO Ali Gohar, reached the spot. Earlier on Tuesday evening, India released a huge quantity of water entered Pakistan from the Khem Karn side. Water entered several houses in Ballanwala, disrupting its road link.

Twin cities: Water-borne diseases on the rise!

With the onset of hot, humid weather and early monsoon rains, situation of water-borne diseases such as viral hepatitis (A&E), gastroenteritis, typhoid and paratyphoid fever, cholera, dysentery, E-coli diarrhoea, giardiasis and intestinal worms, malaria, dengue fever, poliomyelitis and rotavirus diarrhoea in infants - the second major cause of childhood deaths - is likely to get worse if effective prevention and control measures are not adopted religiously.

EU, BRSP ink 1 million euro accord

The European Union (EU) has inked an agreement of Euro 1 million with the Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) for providing water and sanitation facilities in two districts of the province.

EU counselor/head of the operation, Berend de Groot, and BRSP chief Nadir Gul Bareach signed the agreement on behalf of their organisations at a local hotel last night. The signing ceremony was attended by Balochistan Health Minister Ainullah Shams, PHED Additional Secretary Sheikh Muhammad Nawaz, and a number of government officials and representatives of NGOs.

Deep-water container port to become operational in ‘13

With the completion of Pakistan Deep-Water Container Port (PDWCP) Phase 1 in 2013, the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) will acquire the capacity to handle the new generation of container ships on its drawing boards.

Currently incapable of handling large vessels at its berths, KPT has taken initiatives to improve port capacity so that Panamax and Super Post-Panamax vessels can be brought into the city’s main port.

Floods – one year on: Much more needs to be done to improve rural livelihood: FAO

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said that despite successes in flood rehabilitation efforts, a lot remains to be done to further restore rural livelihoods and to significantly reduce vulnerability, improve food production and income generation, and increase the resilience of rural communities to future shocks.

In an announcement on its website on Wednesday, FAO said its early recovery programme requires $96 million to support 430,000 farming households in 14 severely-affected districts of Pakistan over the next two years.