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Water shortage exacerbates the impact of the scorching heat in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Khalid Bux, a Sindh farmer, worries about fate of his crops of sugar cane and cotton, like one-third of plants dry up due to unavailability of canal water.

“Even last year I was not able to get the expected yield due to water problems, but this year this is real a crisis. The canals are drying up and we don’t have the resources to water our crops.”

According to him, if the situation continues, local farmers will definitely absorb the economic burden.

Inhabitants of Sindh and other parts of the country lives in an extremely hot weather terms with mercury temperatures exceed 50 degrees Celsius, and water problems exacerbate the situation, as clean drinking water and resources for crop irrigation are reduced.

During conversation with Xinhua, Manzur Wassan, Chief’s Adviser minister of Sindh on agriculture, said that water scarcity affects almost all agricultural products in province and situation fears worsening in coming days.

Sindh is rich in production of cereals, mango, pepper, cotton, rice, wheat and sugar cane among others, but due to lack of water already standing products in crisis, and sowing of rice is facing delay,” he said.

Water scarcity caused by extreme weather terms also expected result in lack of food in pakistan as area of cultivation and annual yield facing a decrease with every coming year added.

At a recent media briefing, minister for Climate change Sherry Rehman warned of fifty percent decline in Production of mango in countries due to lack of water.

She said that Pakistan ranks 5th. in in world in mango production, but this year acute shortage of water and rising Temperature is expected to affect on Production of juicy fruits.

Water scarcity also leading to many health problems, including waterborne diseases, heat stroke and kidney problems among residents of country.

According to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, about 70 percent of households in Pakistanis drink bacterially contaminated water. current The heat made things worse.

Worst Flash of cholera in Balochistan left several children are killed and thousands of other infected and stomach diseases in Punjab and Sindh originated from drinking polluted water.

In the desert of Cholistan of Punjab, over 50 head of cattle died due to lack of water, while wild animals also affected. During conversation with Xinhua, rescuers from non-government Al-Khidmat Foundation shared horrifying stories from area where people hurt by anger of climate.

“Cholistan is already very poor area but what happened to them is year cannot be explained. Very thin and malnourished children had to walk miles in Search of drinking water, but many wells were dried up up. People had to see their cattle, which was the only source of income for them, die of desire to conserve water for their children,” Umar Ahmad, a lifeguard, told Xinhua.

According to weather experts, the heat is likely to continue in June, but a water crisis can be avoided during the rainy season, which begins around mid-July each year. year.

Measures also undertaken to mitigate the effects of climate change, including drive plant 10 billion trees in country.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif recently organized a task force prepare a comprehensive strategy to reduce influence of climate change and the deal with in issue of lack of water and food.

prime minister said that strategy should also cover steps for water conservation and protection of existing reservoirs and forests.

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Sandra Loyd
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