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Indian-spilled water sinks villages in Kasur

A fresh flood warning has been sounded across Punjab province in the wake of possible massive deluge, as India spilled more than 70,000 cusecs of additional water into River Sutlej without prior information to Pakistani authorities, inundating dozens of villages in Ganda Singhwala area of Kasur district on Tuesday morning.

Deliberate breach in seawater drain could prevent flooding

The government has decided to open a cut into the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) in Badin so that the pressure of water is released and it flows into Shakoor Lake, announced provincial minister Zulfiqar Mirza.

The lake sprawls over 300 square kilometres and two-thirds of it spills across the border into Indian territory. Historically, it is said to be the natural course for the saline water to flow, and this is where the excess water from the drain was directed.

US considers funding Pakistani dam project, angering India

ISLAMABAD -- Even as U.S.-Pakistani cooperation on anti-terrorism programs is withering, the United States is considering backing the construction of a giant, $12 billion dam in Pakistan that would be the largest civilian aid project the U.S. has undertaken here in decades.

Supporters of a U.S. role in the project say American participation would mend the United States' tattered image, going a long way toward quieting widespread anti-Americanism amid criticism that the U.S. lavishes money on Pakistan's military while doing little for the country's civilian population.

War over water?

Looking at the globally emerging situations of water stress, former vice president of the World Bank Ismail Sergladin has rightly predicted that the next world war will be over water. I am not sure about other regions but the two that are considered the most dangerous in the world - the Middle East and South Asia - seem to be fully prepared. These two regions are war prone for a number of reasons, but conflicts of transborder river water sharing is most likely to lead to a war.

Floods Hit Southern Pakistan

THOUSANDS of families are facing fresh misery in Southern Pakistan – as torrential rains hit Sindh province.   

Children’s charity Plan International says up to 300,000 people in Badin district have been left homeless by flooding.

The most vulnerable are being evacuated after one foot of water swamped their homes.

“Our specialist disaster response teams are on the ground in Sindh province where thousands of people are in need of food, shelter and safe drinking water,” says Haider Yaqub, Plan’s Country Director in Pakistan.

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