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Sindh faces acute water shortage in River Indus

Official announcement says ‘the water is available only for drinking purpose, not for agriculture in the province’.

The shortage during Kharif Season started from 1st April 2022 but unfortunately the position of water availability deteriorated further with short supply of water in River Indus – Sindh Irrigation Department.

Sindh Courier

Karachi

Announcing the acute water shortage in River Indus on Thursday, the Irrigation Department of Sindh said ‘the water is available only for drinking purpose, not for agriculture’ in the province.

“There is acute shortage of water in River Indus as well as in whole Rohri Main Canal system. The shortage during Kharif Season started from the month of 1st April 2022 but unfortunately the position of water availability deteriorated further with short supply of water in River Indus,” Superintending Engineer Rohri Canal Circle Hyderabad said according to an official handout issued by the Irrigation Department through the Provincial Information Department in Karachi.

“The agriculturist and farming community settled in the command area of Rohri Main Canal are informed that sudden shortfall in River Indus has occurred. Presently River is flowing at run of River, which resulted acute shortage of water in Rohri Main Canal and also there is apprehension of more reduction in the supply of irrigation water in Rohri Main Canal from River Indus,” handout said.

The official announcement clearly stated that in view of the above circumstances and also alarming situation of water, it is informed to the khatedars (landholders) that the water supply is available “Only for Drinking Purpose” and “Not for Agricultural Purpose”.

“In case any Abadgars/Zamindar raised cultivation in present situation of water supply, they will be fully responsible at their own risk and cost,” Superintending Engineer, Irrigation, Rohri Canal Circle warned.

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