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December 10, 2018

Drought warning for Sindh and Balochistan issued

National

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INP
December 10, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD)’s National Drought Monitoring Centre has released its third drought warning for the year.

According to a notification by the Met Office below normal rainfall has been recorded over most of the southern parts of the country while major rainfall deficit was experienced in the province of Sindh (71.9 percent), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ( 46.9 percent) and Balochistan (44.2 percent) during the months of June to November.

Nineteen districts of Sindh and 11 districts of Balochistan are facing moderate to severe drought, the notification further said.

Karachi, Hyderabad, Badin, Larkana, Sanghar, Dadu, Mityari, Shaheed Benzairabad, Mohenjodaro, Tharparkar, Jacobabad, Padidan, Thatta, Jamshoro, Qambar, Shadadkot, Umerkot, Rohri, Khairpur and Sajwal are facing drought in Sindh. In Balochistan Quetta, Mastung, Gwadar, Awaran, Kech, Panjgur Bolan, Kharan, Chagi, Noushki, and Washuk are among the district’s facing drought.

The meteorological department added that the water availability in the Tarbela and Mangla dams is at its lowest in the last nine years ie half filled. However, water storage of small dams situated in potohar region is satisfactory. The Met Office has advised that keeping in view the climatology dam’s situation and current seasonal forecast drought conditions may exacerbate and affect the agriculture and livestock in the above said districts and can propagate to other districts as well.

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