Pakistan’s Water Troubles Make it Impossible to Celebrate World Water Day
On 22nd March, the whole world celebrates Water Day but does Pakistan really has any just reasons to celebrate it as well? According to Asian Development Bank’s recent report, Pakistan is going to have increased water supply problems because of unpredictable river flow, precipitation, and glaciers melting due to climate change. Because the levels of evaporation would increase, the demand for water irrigation will too. This could cause a host of problems for the country.
The production of wheat and rice will decrease because of the unstable supply of water, hydro-power generation will decrease because of higher demand for electricity due to hot temperatures that will also cause the rate of mortality to increase. Crops that depend upon the availability of water and temperatures will suffer. The study also proves that in the next 50 years glaciers will melt and run dry which will mean a 30% or 40% decrease in water flow.
Experts claim that because the per capita percentage of water availability in Pakistan keeps decreasing quickly, the country could run dry in the next seven or so years. Pakistan is one of the countries of the world facing a huge water crisis but the government remains unbothered and refuses to take any steps to find a solution. The Ministry of Water Resources currently has 50 vacant posts, meaning there is literally no official authorities to deal with the country’s water crisis.
The government decreased the amount budgetary funding as well instead of increasing it, only allotting Rs. 36.75 billion in 2017-18 when the demand was of Rs. 174.6 billion, and Rs. 57.8 billion in 2013-14 when Rs. 177 billion were demanded. With climate change as a reality threatening the future of our country, it is time the authorities took steps to ensure we do not face such a horrific future.
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