Lingering cold in Pakistan could cause water shortages

Lingering cold in Pakistan could cause water shortages Weather and Climate

Changing weather types with characteristic lingering winters may lead to inaction farmers in Sindh instead of the usual preparation for the new growing season.

Usually glaciers begin to melt in March, providing enough water for the whole season, but this year's extreme cold prevented this. The water level in the reservoirs of Mangla and Tarbela reached the minimum level, which can lead to serious consequences: about 40-50% of the area of Sindh face the problem of water shortage in the summer crop (Kharif), which starts in April.

It is believed that the situation could worsen if the cold does not subside by March 20, 2012, as was also seriously affected by growing cereals (standing corn). The province Pandzheb during the winter crop (Rabi) was used quite a lot of water — about 1.5 million acre-feet, which also had an impact on the current "crisis".

In Pakistan, 50% of all agricultural land irrigated by the river Indus, which the World Wildlife Fund was listed 10 rivers at risk drying. This is explained by the fact that 70-80% of the flow of all the water provided the melting of glaciers, and Pakistan is considered to be one of the countries with the largest number of glaciers, the volume of which is about 6160 square kilometers.

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