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Sperm whales sighted in Pakistan waters for first time: WWF

KARACHI: Fishermen in Pakistan have sighted Sperm whale while navigating about 22 km South of Gunz, near Jiwani which experts believe has never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

This is the first time that a pair of sperm whales has been sighted in Pakistan water, claims WWF Pakistan.

In a press release issued here on Tuesday, WWF says while looking at the animals, fisherman became very curious and immediately followed them. Eventually, the whales turned out to be a pair of sperm whales which had never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

Pakistan’s looming water crisis

In 1947 Pakistan was affluent in water. It had 5,000 cubic meters per capita renewable water that is now down to 1,000 cubic meters per capita Population boom, is a major contributing factor. But there are others. Out dated irrigation system being one. In a country where 90pc of water in used in irrigation of crops using maximum water are two other reasons. Sugar cane, rice and wheat all use extensive water.

One dam a decade: The only way to water, power independence

LAHORE: Muzzamil Hussain, chairman Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA), during his first year in the office zoomed in on one thing only and that was bringing as many otherwise ‘dead’ projects back to life as possible. These projects, despite having great economic value for the country, were lying in limbo for years even after consuming billions of rupees.

No water

A recent study has shown a map highlighting areas of likely contamination based on water quality data from nearly 1,200 groundwater pumps tested from 2013 to 2015. The study determined that some 88 million people were living in high-risk areas.

Given that about 60-70 per cent of the population relies on groundwater, roughly 50 million maybe even 60 million could be potentially affected. This is an alarmingly high number and demonstrates the urgent need to test all drinking water wells in the Indus Plain.

Managing water resources

WATER resources are becoming increasingly defenceless the world over as a result of intensified demand arising from increasing population, the need for escalated food production, pollution due to various anthropogenic activities, mushrooming industrialisation and the impact of global warming.