Photograph of ladies filling water in massive containers within the outskirts of Lahore — AFP.

Consultants have warned that Pakistan could face a extreme water disaster if measures will not be taken in a well timed vogue, Geo Information reported Sunday.

Per the report, water shortage within the nation has set alarm bells ringing after rivers have dried up as a result of low rainfall, whereas India additionally continues to dam the circulation of water in the direction of Pakistan, making the state of affairs worse than ever earlier than.

Sources advised the outlet that the per capita availability of water within the nation is 1,100 million cubic metres each year — which is dangerously low — whereas in Punjab one has to go to a depth of 600 toes to attract groundwater. Up to now, one needed to go to a depth of 50 toes solely.

The report additional stated that every 12 months, the Kharif and Rabi crops withstand 45% water scarcity whereas the groundwater stage in small and large cities throughout Punjab, together with Lahore, has began falling.

Water consultants warn that if new water reservoirs will not be created and water wastage isn’t stopped, Pakistan will face a famine-like state of affairs.

In accordance with water consultants, as a result of growing inhabitants, water loss and local weather change, the authorities should take quick precautions, in any other case, famine will likely be inevitable.

The President of Pakistan Engineering Congress Amjad Saeed stated that the water downside could grow to be extra severe within the coming days.

He stated that along with the water dispute with India, the provinces of Pakistan are additionally combating with one another over the distribution of water.

“About 7 million acre-feet of recent water is misplaced to the ocean yearly. If this isn’t the authorities incompetence, then I do not know what’s,” stated Saeed.

Shedding gentle on the matter, the Managing Director of the Water and Sanitation Company (Wasa) Lahore, Zahid Aziz, stated that for the final 15 to 20 years, the groundwater ranges of Lahore metropolis have been happening by one meter yearly.

“This occurred because of the lack of rainfall, situation of Ravi river and wastage of water by residents,” he stated.

He, nonetheless, stated that authorities measures have raised the groundwater stage by two metres, which is sufficient for main cities, together with Lahore, for a few years to come back.

He stated that at current, individuals in Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, and many of the cities of South Punjab are dealing with a scarcity of freshwater however initiatives are being set as much as cope with it. 

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