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Government urged to initiate work on mega water projects

October 09, 2014 - Muhammad Riaz - Former senior vice president of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and former chairman Poultry Association Abdul Basit has urged the government to initiate work on mega water projects if it wants to save the country from turning into desert and for the sake of future generations. Talking to us on the issue of water shortage and its impact on coming generations, particularly in Pakistan, the LCCI former SVP alleged that the…

Katcha belt population unmoved as flood looms large

September 15th, 2014- MOST of the several hundred tents pitched in Larkna district for people vulnerable to flood are vacant on Sunday evening, a couple of days before the expected arrival of the deluge. LARKANA(Dawn): The Sept 13 deadline given by the Larkana district administration to over 77,000 people of the katcha belt to move to safe places passed off without any response. A constant rise in the water level at Guddu and Sukkur barrages was noted on Sunday evening and the…

Nawaz invites marchers to join flood relief and rescue

September 10, 2014 - ONLINE JALALPUR BHATTIAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday asked the participants of the sit-ins in the federal capital to step forward and help the people affected by the floods. Nawaz vowed to continue the journey towards economic progress and development despite what he said were impediments created by dharnas (sit-ins) in the federal capital. “The sit-ins are disrupting business activities in Pakistan. It is an attempt to impede the course of…

Standing crops washed away: rains cut Sialkot industrial production by 50 percent

September 07, 2014 - Anwar Khan - BR Report - The current calamitous monsoon rains have folded industrial production at least by 50 percent and washed away largely standing agriculture crops in Sialkot, exporters said on Saturday. The city of Sialkot bordering with India in east suffered dual impact from the current monsoon weather - the torrential rains and flood from Jammu and Indian-held Kashmir - that inundated many other cities in Punjab, they said. Pakistan confronts three big…

Mangla dam almost filled to capacity

September 6th, 2014 - By Ahmad Fraz Khan - Dawn- LAHORE: With River Jhelum hitting a massive flow of over 500,000 cusecs on Friday morning, Mangla dam has almost been filled to its original capacity of 1,242 feet, or 7.3 million acre feet (MAF), turning its lake into the biggest water reservoir in the country. Water level in the lake has gone up by 17 feet over the past three days, raising hopes that it will be filled even to its enhanced capacity. The dam was raised by 30 feet in…

High flood level likely in Ravi, Chenab rivers

September 04, 2014 - Jalil Hassan Akhtar - According to latest meteorological conditions, a well-marked monsoon low lies over Rajasthan (India) which is likely to affect upper catchments of all the major rivers except Indus. This weather system has a potential to produce heavy at times very heavy rainfall over north-east Punjab (Gujranwala, Lahore, Rawalpindi divisions), Kashmir and adjoining areas during next 72 hours, causing flood situation in the Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej Rivers…

Fresh water ponds turn saline in Indus delta

August 25, 2014 Fishermen residing in the remote coastal villages in the Indus delta did not know how many wells and fresh water ponds in their villages have turned saline. Similarly, the government authorities have failed to conduct any detailed study to find out if sea level rise due to climate change was the reason behind this changing situation. Hundreds of families either have migrated to Karachi and other urban centers or looking ready to shift sooner or later, justifying that…

Mangla, Tarbela and Chashma reservoirs IRSA stores 11.55MAF water

August 05, 2014 M RAFIQUE GORAYA - BR Report - Despite below normal rains in the month of July, the Indus River System Authority has managed to store 11.55 MAF water in the three reservoirs ie Mangla, Tarbela and Chashma till 4th August, 2014, against their total capacity of 13.8 MAF of water. WAPDA water managers told us here on Monday that authorities have stored 6.14 MAF water in the Mangla Dam on the River Jehlum against the upgraded dam's increased capacity of 7.38 MAF. The…

When not a drop is left

Saturday, July 26, 2014 Syed Muhammad Abubakar The News - Climate change is the biggest threat the planet faces today, with the resources of the entire world getting affected. Water, the world’s largest natural resource, faces multiple threats as increasing temperatures lead to the melting of glaciers at a faster pace, causing mass-scale floods, devastating our plains and displacing millions of people. Climate change cannot be denied and it’s bound to impact everyone – regardless of…

Irrigation water shortage: Months-long farmers’ protest finally brings CM to Badin

July 24, 2014 HYDERABAD(Tribune): The two-month long sporadic protests and long marches of the farmers, belonging to the tail reaches of the Kotri barrage’s irrigation network, finally drew Sindh chief minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah to their hometowns. But the CM’s visit to Badin and Umerkot districts on Tuesday to assuage the farmers, bristling over the continuous shortage of irrigation water, apparently failed to yield any results. “There is abundant water in the system,” Shah told…

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