Sunday, December 26, 2021

Drought-stricken farmers in southern Pakistan cry for help



 Pakistan faces increasing water scarcity driven by worsening climate-related drought and an agriculture industry that is pushing itself to meet the demands of a growing population, say water experts.

Less than 20 percent of the water the country’s farmers use for irrigation is captured rainwater, with most coming from ground and surface water.

A Pakistan-based aid group is focusing on water resource management systems to provide remote communities in the Kohistan region with access to water through the replenishment of ground water and rainwater harvesting.

Many people in the southern region are angry at their politicians, saying they only want votes but basic services such as health, education and accessibility are still non-existent.

Pakistan’s cash-strapped government says it is a victim of climate injustice.

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