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Pakistan

Severe water crisis irks locals, tourists in Murree

Severe water shortage in the residential areas and hotels of Murree has created problems for the local people and visiting tourists.

Due to breakage of the only main pipeline supplying water to Murree, severe water shortage emerged in the residential area, hotels and restaurants of the tourists resort. The local population and tourists visiting Murree from across the country had to suffer due to water shortage and they were forced to purchase water for drinking and other use.

USAID Helping Pakistan Solve Water Issues

JAMSORO: US Consul General Brian Heath congratulated 20 Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) students and faculty who are part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded U.S. Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W).

The delegates are heading to the University of Utah to do research as part of the organization’s exchange program.

“We are proud to empower scientists and researchers in Pakistan so they can contribute to solving the country’s water scarcity problems,” said Consul General Health.

Water in Dams rising across Pakistan after dense rains

ISLAMABAD: Dams’ water across Pakistan have been raising after dense rains while Kabul River has come under low level flood on Wednesday, 24 News reported.

According to details, water storage in Tarbela Dam is 2 lacks, 13 thousand cusec of water while outflow of water is 90 thousand cusec of water. 1511, 87 feet water level has been reported in Tarbela Dam. Moreover, inflow of water in Mangla Dam is 3 lacks, 35 thousand and 710 cusec of water has been reported while outflow of water is 15 thousand cusec of water.

Challenge of Water Pricing

Increasing urbanisation in Pakistan is exerting population pressure on the cities. The burgeoning population further limits capacity to utilise existing insufficient public services and infrastructure. This eventually leads to horizontal expansion of cities in the absence of any well-framed laws, and thus further constrains resources, which affect basic human needs and rights such as drinking water.

Northern Pakistan Under Water Once Again

Flash floods kill 43 in remote regions of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Overnight flash floods killed at least 43 people in northern Pakistan, the majority in a remote village that did not receive an evacuation warning before the waters hit washing away most of the settlement, officials said Sunday.

The heavy monsoon rains began late Saturday and were concentrated mainly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, which has been badly affected by flooding in recent years that some scientists have linked to climate change.

World Bank okays $200m for Balochistan Irrigation Water

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank approved a $200 million credit to strengthen Balochistan government’s initiative for community-based water management for irrigation in the province.

Balochistan Integrated Water Resources Management & Development Project will support investments in two of the eighteen basins in Balochistan—Nari and Porali river basins. These river basins were selected based on an assessment of surface water resources development opportunities.

Diamer-Bhasha Dam a must to overcome water crisis: IPR

The water challenge faced by Pakistan today is bigger than that of the power sector and it is getting worse with each passing day. Pakistan desperately needs to increase its water storage capacity. This was stated in a fact sheet issued Tuesday by the Institute for Policy Reforms. The Institute recommends that government must start building the Diamer Bhasha dam forthwith. The scale and complexity of the project requires the involvement of top level government officials. This will speed up the project work in Pakistan and highlight its priority to international donors.

Kalabagh Dam: Facts about the Indus Water Treaty

Another fiction in regard to Indus Water Treaty (IWT) is that it was engineered by Punjab to deprive Sindh of its waters.

While going through writings on Kalabagh Dam I was astonished to come across some articles in which the authors believe that Punjabis, living on the Eastern and Western divide, after partition started conspiring with each other to deprive Sindh of its share of water. It is an allegation of shocking intensity. A student of history may find the accusation of an alliance between the archenemies living on both sides of Punjab against Sindhis a farfetched idea.

World Environment Day: WWF Pakistan stresses the need to conserve water

LAHORE: The World Environment Day was observed in the City on Sunday with a pledge to encourage citizens to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products and help protect endangered species. The theme designated by the United Nations for this year was ‘Go wild for life: fight against illegal trade in wildlife’.

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