The Nationwide Drought Monitoring Centre, a part of the Pakistan Meteorological Division (PMD), has warned that drought-like circumstances at present prevailing in elements of Sindh and Balochistan could exacerbate and trigger water stress in cultivated lands resulting from restricted provide of irrigation water for Rabi crops.
Based on an advisory issued by the centre on Thursday, the scenario has emerged resulting from general under than common rainfall within the nation from October 2020 to January 2021. “The primary thrust was in Balochistan (-73.2 per cent) and Sindh (-70.2 per cent),” it stated.
Based on the advisory, a lot of the central and southern districts of Balochistan are experiencing gentle to reasonable drought. These districts embrace Chagai, Gwadar, Harnai, Kech, Kharan, Mastung, Nushki, Pishin, Panjgur, Kalat, Quetta and Washuk, the Daybreak reported on Saturday.
“Conserving in view the climatology and present seasonal forecast of PMD for these areas, drought circumstances could exacerbate and have an effect on agriculture and livestock. Dry circumstances will trigger water stress within the cultivated lands/areas of the nation resulting from restricted provide of irrigation water for Rabi crops,” the advisory stated.
Most districts within the west to south-west Balochistan are winter rainfall dominant and rainfall quantities lie between 71mm and 231mm, it added.
In Sindh, drought circumstances are prevailing within the south-eastern elements of the province.
“Although it is not an alarming scenario, the advisory is for stakeholders associated to water administration and agriculture. This might assist them put together, plan and take preemptive measures, significantly in disaster-prone areas, in case the scenario aggravates,” stated Sardar Sarfaraz, representing the Met division.
Explaining the prevalent drought circumstances, he stated Balochistan’s climate sample presented that it obtained 60 to 70 per cent of its annual rainfall in winters, whereas Sindh remained dry from October to Might. “Since, the dry spell this winter has led to gentle to reasonable drought circumstances in most elements of Balochistan, the scenario could go worse because the province usually does not obtain good rains within the monsoon season,” he stated.