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    Drought creeping in NWFP

    Its now obvious that all provinces of Pakistan are hit by drought. Government and people must chalkout the whole Pakistan to meet the spreading drought threat in the near future.

    Acute water shortage in parts of NWFP

    Bureau Report

    PESHAWAR, May 6: Water shortage in southern parts of the NWFP has attained serious proportions, forcing several families of the Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts to migrate to adjoining areas.

    Officials in the public health department at Tank told Dawn on Saturday that water-table in the district had dropped by 10 to 40 feet.

    During a visit to the Indaray and Khyber villages on Friday this scribe witnessed long queues of people with cans at a tube-well, some 12km from the villages. There are 40 tube-wells meant for meeting the water requirement of a population of 250,000 in the district. People of the Indaray village told this scribe that six goats and eight cows had died for want of water. Concerned officials, however, expressed ignorance about it.

    Continuing for the last 10 months, the dry spell has affected crops in the Tank district where rain is the only source of irrigation. Growers said the seasonal crops would be very low as compared to the previous years. They said their ponds had already gone dry. Drought has created cracks on the soil surface, rendering lands in a large area of the district useless.

    Children carrying drums of water on camel and donkey-carts in D.I. Khan, Lakki Marwat, Bannu and Tank districts is a common scene on the national highway passing through these districts. "There is only one tube well for seven villages with a population of around 15,000, and whenever there happens anything wrong with the machine or the operator the supply is affected," said a villager. Meanwhile, the public health department has proposed installation of four tube wells in the Aba Khel area adjacent to Tank.

    An official said that there was a need of only Rs4 million to install the tubewells but that would resolve the problem to a great extent at least in Tank and adjoining areas.

    Sarfraz Khan