TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: June 18, 2014
Salinization of land, water forces over 100,000 Pakistanis out of home
In coastal areas in Pakistan’s Sindh province, much of the land, groundwater and surface water resources have been rendered unusable due to salinization. Over 100,000 people (mostly farmers) have had to migrate and switch professions. This has resulted in rising unemployment and growing social tensions. The Al Jazeera video report ‘Rising sea levels force Pakistanis from homes’ paints a worrying picture.
Salinization is not just a Pakistan problem. Globally 1.6 million hectares are lost to salinity every year, offsetting much of the gains made in agricultural productivity and food security. The reasons vary with the context—excessive irrigation, inadequate drainage, indiscriminate pumping of groundwater, seawater intrusion, sand mining, climate change.... What it all leads to is land and water resources going out of use. So what is now happening in Pakistan can very well happen at many other places.
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With Regards, TheWaterChannel Team