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The Aggravating Water Crisis

The Aggravating Water Crisis

By: Asad Hussain Water is the most important element for the survival of living beings; without it life cannot sustain. Unfortunately, Pakistan has been facing severe blows and acute problems owing to the scarcity of water. According to a report by the Washington-based World Resources Institute, Pakistan will be the most water-stressed country in the South Asian region by 2040. …

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Making sense of the water crisis

Making sense of the water crisis

Are we moving towards a thirsty tomorrow? Independent studies and expert opinion have revealed that a country with an abundance of water resources is now on the verge of being severely affected by a water scarcity. South Asia has 1,500 million acre-feet (MAF) of the world’s share of fresh water supply. As the largest countries of South Asia, Pakistan and …

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The Worsening Water Crisis

The Worsening Water Crisis

Why is Pakistan running dry and how to manage the situation? Pakistan is approaching the scarcity threshold for water. What is even more disturbing is that groundwater supplies — the last resort of water supply — are being rapidly depleted.  And worst of all is that the authorities have given no indication that they plan to do anything about any …

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Perilous waters

Perilous waters

No one doubts that Pakistan is facing a water crisis. We are already a water-insecure country and as the global climate change takes its toll the problem will only become worse. Where there is disagreement is on the political question of how best to manage our water resources. The Supreme Court is now weighing in on the matter of constructing …

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A water emergency

A water emergency

The Rawal Dam is considered to be one of the major sources of drinking water for people residing in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. But from its latest pictures, it is heart-wrenching to see that extremely hot weather and low rainfall has left the dam barren and dry. According to media reports, the water level has gone below the dead level. Once …

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Water Crisis in Pakistan

Water Crisis in Pakistan

By: Qurrat-Ul-Ain Rehman  Act before it’s too late Water is one of the basic necessities of life. No life could have been possible on the planet Earth, had there been no water. However, it is a sad reality that we do not bother to take proper measures for securing and preserving our natural resources unless crises start knocking at our …

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Water crisis

Water crisis

Myth or reality? Ever since the industrial revolution, human ingenuity has allowed water, the elixir of human life, to flow even in the most arid landscapes. Ever since the 19th century, water was no longer a mystical force to be worshipped but a commodity to be exploited. The United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights declared that …

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Pakistan’s water crisis visible in recent months

Pakistan’s water crisis visible in recent months

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s water crisis has become increasingly visible in recent months: levels in the largest dams are low; parched irrigation canals mean farmers in the south planted less cotton; and the commercial capital Karachi has long queues at hydrants. So there was little surprise when, on June 6, during a spell of unseasonably high temperatures, the Pakistan Meteorological Department issued …

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Pakistan’s Water Crisis Looming Large

Pakistan's Water Crisis Looming Large

Needless to say, water is one of the most vital substances on earth. All organisms need it for subsistence. The earth would turn into a hell if there were no water. It is the lifeline that sustains humans as well as all the flora and fauna on earth. The anthropological studies reveal that water symbolized the very essence of life …

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When scarcity strikes

When scarcity strikes

By: Samar Quddus Water is a basic necessity of life. Since access to water has been recognised as a human right, the obligation to provide clean and safe drinking water across the globe has fallen on various government agencies. However, over one billion people across the globe do not have access to basic water supplies. Nearly half of the developing …

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