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

UN marks Mother Earth Day, urges protection of planet

UNESCO denounces killing of journalist in Philippines

UN urges coordinated action on food security

UN urges respect for rights of persons with disabilities

Somalia: UN condemns murder of second lawmaker

South Sudan: UN concerned over surging violence, malnutrition

Myanmar: UNICEF concerned over Kachin children

UN vehicle hijacked by suspected Somali militants

Ronaldo likely to start against Bayern Munich

Pakistan's interior minister calls government-Taliban meeeting

Myanmar's nationwide census covers nearly 11 mn households

Planned air search for missing plane again suspended

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