Pakistan might enter into water crisis: water level decreases

Islamabad, Pakistan:

Pakistan’s water supply level is much below last year’s levels. It is also below average supplies of the last five or 10 years. On Saturday, the country received 90,000 cusecs in all its rivers against the last 10-year average of 1,37,700 cusecs, a drop of 27.73pc.

This crisis has forced Pakistan to kick off the Kharif season with a shortage of nearly 40 per cent in both of its water-producing systems — 30pc in Indus and 10pc in the Jhelum arm, reported Dawn.
Khalid Rana of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa), said, “The situation is more precarious in Mangla, which is hosting less than 1pc of its capacity.”

Mangla Dam, on Saturday, held only 354,000 acre-feet against over seven million of its capacity. The reason behind this is Mangla Lake is mainly rain-fed and there has virtually been no rain during March.

The Met Office predicted five spells of rain, but only one took place leading to a shortage of water supplies. Rana said, “To make matters worse, 37 inches of snow fell this winter against the yearly average of 50 inches — a drop of 26pc. Even those 37 inches seem to have fallen on higher altitudes, where the temperature needs to be more than the current 23 degrees Celsius to melt it. These trends — less and high altitude snow and virtually no rain — have created a crisis in the Jhelum arm,” as per the newspaper

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