There are millions of people all over the world who don’t have access to water, if they have access that water is unable to be used. About 70% of Earth’s surface is covered with water and 3% of it is actually fresh water that is for the human consumption.
On the entire earth, water is the most important thing. It is needed by microbes, animals, plants and everyone. The human body is in fact comprised of 75% of water. There is the shortage of clean drinking water in Balochistan.
Moreover, Gwadar city has been facing acute shortage of water, but no remedial measures have been taken yet. In the holy month of Ramadan people are walking for miles in the search water. Sometimes the poor families utilize the sea water because they cannot afford to buy clean water for drinking.
According to the reports 62% of Balochistan is deprived of clean drinking water and more than 58% of its land is not able to be cultivated due to water scarcity.
It makes us really woe gone that the people of Balochistan are always left to suffer. They are deprived of electricity, water, nutritious food, healthcare facilities, education and many more to name them, but water shortage is the main problem because without it no one can survive. While the government is trying to build a world-class port but the city remains deprived of water and electricity.
We feel disappointed that water and food are the fundamental requirements of the people but still most of us are deprived of clean drinking water and nutritious food.
Ankara Kaur Dam was closed due to drying up because its catchment areas had not received rain water for many years. And it is a commonplace that most of the families buy water from the supplying tankers, which directly collect water from springs or streams and sell it to the needy families without purification.
Gwadar’s residents are compelled to buy water from the tankers, but the down and out people are unable to buy because they can’t afford to buy a tanker of clean drinking water which is beyond the capacity of middle class population.
The looming water crisis in Gwadar deserves the immediate attention of the government.
Munaj Gul Baloch