By A.K. Gupta The Times Of India A few years ago, the Pakistan water crisis began to become an international news story.
After a massive dam failure in 2008, tens of millions of people in the country were left without safe drinking water.
A massive drought in 2009 led to an outbreak of cholera, with a death toll of 2.4 million people.
With the country still reeling from the disasters of 2011, the story of water scarcity became one of the hottest topics of discussion.
In May this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declared that the situation in Pakistan was deteriorating.
According to the FAO, Pakistan’s drought was one of four countries in the world experiencing severe water shortages due to climate change.
A report from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) estimated that by 2030, the country could face a “critical shortage of at least 30 million people,” with an additional 50 million people at risk of water deprivation.
This is not the first time that Pakistan’s political leadership has been accused of trying to control the country’s water resources.
During the 2011 protests that were sweeping the country, a controversial law was passed that made it a criminal offence to water clean up protesters.
The law was later struck down by the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, a number of people have been detained over the years.
In 2012, a group of young people, who had been protesting against the water shortage, were detained and later released after spending a week in jail.
Pakistan’s water shortage crisis: Pakistan’s ‘critical water shortage’ could become a test story by A. K. GuptaThe report said the country was facing a “challenge” because “many of its urban areas and the rural areas are not being adequately irrigated.”
It added that “this situation is also impacting water security of Pakistan’s urban and rural residents.”
Pakistan is not alone in its water crisis.
Other countries have experienced a severe water shortage in recent years, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria.
But the situation has been particularly acute in Pakistan.
As of March 2016, the average rainfall in Pakistan had decreased by more than a third, and water supplies have been at risk due to the drought.
The country’s total water deficit has reached $2.9 billion, with one-third of the country not being able to get water.
While water scarcity has become a hot topic, the lack of safe drinking-water is also becoming an issue.
It is estimated that 1.5 billion people in Pakistan lack access to safe drinking and sanitary water.
This situation is particularly acute among the poorest sections of society.
According to a 2015 report from Oxfam, the Pakistani government had to spend $6.6 billion to address the water crisis, and the total cost of this relief has reached nearly $8 billion.