The Water Threat
Water scarcity is a growing threat to the stability of the world. Protecting river waters has never been more important for South Asia. But is it already too late?
Water is the essence of life. Unfortunately, it is also rapidly becoming a source of conflict and wars across the globe. The water humans consume and states control is increasingly contaminated or is growing polluted, dirty, unsafe and unhealthy to drink and use. According to various sources, at least 800 million people today do not have access to safe drinking water. Apart from consumption, rivers are also a source of livelihood for many South Asians who prefer to live by the channel to fish and generate income. As
By Rizwan Zeb rivers dry up, they will pose an existential threat to various fishing communities in South Asia. Furthermore, scores of children are dying of diarrhoea caused by contaminated water as opposed to other more commonly known problems such as conflict and AIDS.
Rivers around the world are facing serious environmental concerns such as pollution, over-extraction and the brutal effects of climate change. South Asia’s water problem is increasingly deteriorating. On the one hand, geopolitical interests have given rise to conflicts revolving around the use of water and the ownership of rivers. New Delhi allegedly uses river water as a weapon against Islamabad and Dhaka. Ironically, it accuses Beijing of doing the same. On the other hand, what is often not given due attention is the pollution that rivers face in these countries. South Asia’s two major rivers, the Indus and Ganges, create innumerable problems for the masses.
River Indus or mighty Indus, as it was once called, is almost 3000 km long and throughout history has played an important role in the lives