Punjab and Sindh to suffer water shortage in this Kharif

ISLAMABAD:  Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has predicted 35 percent shortfall of water during Kharif season. Sindh has to share the shortage along with Punjab while KPK and Balochistan will remain unaffected.

Indus River would face 40 percent water loss in the early season.
The Indus River System Authority’s (IRSA) had hinted the water shortage during the meeting chaired by the Director Operational IRSA to review the availability of water for irrigation during the crop season ‘Kharif.’

IRSA is concerned department for the regulation and distribution of Indus water among all four provinces. During the meeting it had been decided that the water shortage would be shared by Punjab and Sindh, whereas KPK and Balochistan would remain unaffected.

The meeting for the review of water availability was chaired by Director Operations Khalid Rana, while the representatives of all four provinces along with WAPDA and officials of other concerned departments attended the meeting.

The water availability during the Kharif season would be around 113 million acre feet. It was decided in the meeting that the main irrigation water sources including Indus River would face 40 percent water loss in early Kharif which would be gradually reduced to 20 percent.

Khalid Rana said: “Climate change is one of the instrumentals affecting Pakistan and its water availability for irrigation in rivers. The country has been facing the severe impact of climate change for the last eight to 10 years.”

It is important to mention here that every year IRSA determines twice, about the availability of the water resources and their division under the Water Apportionment Accord 1991.