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Pakistan currently facing severe lack of water. According to the Indus River System Authority (IRSA), water shortages in the country, first estimated at 22 percent, actually is 38 percent. Although government expects streams of fresh water in rivers can reduce water scarcity soon, the indications are not favorable. Nearly 40% water shortage for irrigation functions during the Kharif season are worrisome, as the sowing of main vegetation is underway. This state of Water shortages are escalating much sooner than expected. Almost all federal units of Pakistan is now under double hit of horrible heat surge and threat of water scarcity. Balochistan, southern Punjab and Sindh suffered the most. If the situation does not improve, planting trends in these provinces will be seriously affected. soon.

In that critical node, representatives of federal and provincial governments must come together to solve issue of water distribution for provinces. To avoid any further disagreements and protests, the authorities should develop a consensus mechanism to measure the inflow and outflow of water at the dams and their ancillary channels. Fair distribution of water is the solution, but reaching consensus in this is even more experiencing. inflow of The Indus River at Tarbela was much lower than usual. tributaries of the Kabul and Chenab rivers have also declined sharply and the same applies to the tributaries from the Mangla. All these tributaries are recorded over 40 percent reduced volume of water. Pakistan is experiencing one of driest summer in history and rain is perhaps the only solution to increase water flows. Tail regions of Punjab and Sindh need immediate attention from federal and state governments. All provinces should receive water in proportion to the share due, but the degree of deficit should also be taken into account.

In other words, we are in a crisis. of huge proportions. Water scarcity also means citizens consume polluted water who no choice. There were reports of several occasions of cholera from Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh, which poses a serious threat public health, as this waterborne disease is fatal and can out of hand if preventive measures are not taken on priority basis. It’s amazing that the government responsible for health authorities have not yet issued any recommendations to warn people of composite effect of cholera, heatand water shortages across the country. fact that people have little knowledge about how to deal with with waterborne diseases adds to problem. Joint efforts needed various relevant ministries and provincial governments: provide clean water people; ensure health systems are ready with outbreaks of cholera or other diseases; and figure out a way prioritize with drought-like conditions.

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Derrick Santistevan
Derrick is the Researcher at World Weekly News. He tries to find the latest things going around in our world and share it with our readers.

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