June 1, 2020

The Water Woes of Swat

Swat is facing an acute shortage of water, according to a Dawn news report.

Residents of several towns in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are affected by the water shortage.

Experts believe climate change, deforestation, and rapid urbanisation could be the factors in the water crisis in Swat.

Local residents said the government water supply duration was cut in half in the past summer season. Some people have resorted to digging their own water wells. But the water table appears to have dropped to 500 feet from 170 feet, according to residents.

Drinking water contamination is also causing an increase in waterborne diseases. Doctors told Dawn diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea have doubled in the past few years in Swat. A 2018 study showed 55 percent of water samples collected from Mingora city were contaminated. The contamination was linked with broken pipelines.

Farmers have also noticed a decrease in the freshwater streams and link it with climate change.

Read the complete story here.

Cover photo: A view of the Swat River. Courtesy Designer429 via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0


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