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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.

Tarbela, Mangla dams’ water level mount up

ISLAMABAD, Aug 16 (APP): Tarbela and Mangla both dams’ water level is constantly mounting up as additional is water coming into national water reservoirs on Tuesday.After constant inflow of additional water now Trabela Dam’s water level has mounted up 152 feet from dead level while Mangla Dam’s water level has gone up 160 feet from dead level, private news channel reported.According to Flood Forecasting Division, currently Tarbela Dam’s total water level is 1530.26 feet; inflow of water is 170,500 cusecs and outflow is 105,000 cusecs.

Manchhar Lake’s replenishing with rainwater at risk

While last year’s monsoon rains reined havoc and devastation for 20 million people across Pakistan including Sindh, this year’s much anticipated rainfall came as a ray of hope for many individuals that were dependant on nature for their livelihoods, such as the fishermen at Manchhar Lake who are looking to receive a hefty catch with the incoming fresh water. However, their expectations are laced with fear as the fish may be washed away through the drains that link the lake to the Indus River.

High tides cause drain breaches; water still flooding a wide area

High tides caused breaching of drains, which have inundated hundreds of villages in Mirpurkhas, Badin, and Thatta districts. Besides, major towns like Pangrio, Jhudo, Malkani Sharif, Dighri and a large number of villages in Mirpurkhas, and more than 500 villages in Badin district have come under the water which is flowing towards the coastal areas. The government has stopped the flow of the main irrigation canals to avoid further loss, but the reports reaching here said the authorities could not plug the wide breaches in the drains.

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