Sindh Water Crisis

Sindh Water Crisis: Farmers March To The North

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A shopkeeper, Ali Akbar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, that roads were blocked because of the Sindh water crisis.

He added that the people, on the warpath, were demanding that a water emergency should be demanded by the government and their woes must be resolved.

He stated that despite the extremely hot weather, the people remained determined!

However, this continuous water disaster in the southern region of Pakistan also caused previous marches by the farmers.

However, each and every protest should be observed by the government as a trigger point to get the management in the villages in order.

Pakistan’s Water Crisis: Its Enduring Impact

Pakistan’s water crisis has continued too long already, whilst lesser solutions were offered.

When the crowd of people reached Thatta, it looks like there were about 1,500 marchers, on their way to the north.

The march’s purpose was to discover the reason for the erosions and shortage in the water supply.

A Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund spokesperson, Simi Kamal, stated that alongside the Indus River there is a huge irrigation system, because of the water shortage in the Delta, whilst no water remained in the systems.

She added that in combination these circumstances have been a catastrophe for both the local population and the environment.

Taking this into account it is quite apparent why the villagers are marching or protesting.

According to a report about Sindh’s water crisis suggested that the delta is hardly getting any water. However, the amount of water is less than one-third of the amount of water it deserves.

This terrible situation has the marching farmers withstanding the intolerable heat to raise awareness about the problem.

Furthermore, the fact is that water is actually a basic need. If this need is not met, Pakistan will be failing as a nation.

Usman Tanveer, Thatta’s Deputy Commissioner stated that Skardu’s temperatures are causing the problem.

He added that the snow doesn’t melt due to the temperatures which he described as unprecedented, persistent and low. This resulted in delaying the melting of the snow, which cause mayhem for them.

He also stated that it takes the water from Skardu, a period of 17 – 25 days to reach them.

A former irrigation department official, Khalid Hyder Memon stated that seemingly Punjab is receiving Sindh’s water-portion.

He added that an audit would determine the amount of water available in the system as well as the amount of water to be released to the provinces.

This is a crucial issue, as the Water & Sewage Board of Karachi employs approximately 14,000 employees, whilst their annual budget is over Rs6 billion. Nonetheless, the filtering plants do not produce water equivalent to the requirements of the WHO.

The Sindh population turned towards the Indus River to supply their water, whilst this water is decreasing and contaminated.

What is the good news? An amount of $35 million will be funded by the International Green Climate Fund, together with another $12.7 million for the improvement of Pakistan’s water issues and farming systems!

This will benefit both Punjab and Sindh. Besides this, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization’s, 6-year project will start during 2019.

It will be focusing on assisting smallholding farmers to farm with a limited amount of water.

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