world-news

Both India, Pak to benefit by cooperating on Indus water issue, says US report

Islamabad, Mar. 28 : India and Pakistan will both benefit if they work together to peacefully share and conserve the vitally important waters of the Indus River Basin, according to a US report.


Researchers from the Washington-based Stimson Centre, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Pakistan and the Observer Research Foundation in India, warned that water shortages could hit the subcontinent in a few years because growing populations and increasing development are placing rising pressure on the Indus Basin, reports The Dawn.

The study points out that both India and Pakistan have inadequate sewage treatment facilities, and as a result increasing water pollution burdens the Indus Basin.

In addition to untreated human waste, the Indus system is polluted by agriculture, industry, mining, and other activities that fill the river basin and its aquifers with synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, pesticides, toxic metals, and microbial pathogens that can spread disease and disrupt natural ecosystems.

Water-borne diseases account for a third of all deaths in Pakistan - including an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 children each year. Inadequate sanitation is responsible for 10 per cent of all deaths in India and causes more than 30 per cent of deaths among children under five, the study said.

David Michel, director of Stimson's Environmental Security Programme said Indian-Pakistani cooperation will result in more effective management of the basin's water resources than confrontation between the two nations.

The researchers said that almost all of the basin's renewable water resources are already allocated for various uses - with little or no spare capacity. Scientific and policy collaboration across national and disciplinary boundaries will be essential, they added.

The Indus River is one of the most important water systems in the world. It supplies the needs of about 300 million people and nourishes the breadbaskets of the subcontinent, watering fields in India and Pakistan that constitute the most intensely irrigated area on Earth.

--ANI (Posted on 28-03-2013)

world-news headlines

China shuts down 110 porn websites

US drone strike kill 30 militants in Yemen

Abdullah leading in Afghan presidential poll

Czech women's team advances to Fed Cup final

Pope prays for peace in Syria, Ukraine on Easter

Heavy snowfall hits search operations on Mt. Everest

Wilshere hopeful for World Cup: Wenger

Seven killed in road accident in China

Italy releases Persian epic in digital format

Japan official visits controversial shrine

14 soldiers killed in terrorist attack in Algeria

Malaysian Indian leader cremated with state honours

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top