Article courtesy of Jan Khaskeli | January 12th, 2017 | International: The News Magazine | Shared as educational material.
Increased salinity and contamination around Manchar Lake in Pakistan have left the once thriving community destitute, forcing people to relocate and rendering once arable land infertile. The water table is also dropping, perhaps from unchecked boring, leaving the lake’s remaining water saline. Since 1996, when the lake was declared dirty, the fish have been unfit for consumption and the water unfit for irrigation. The Right Bank Outfall Drains, which contain toxic by-products of industrial waste, were meant as a major drainage project to carry effluent but many people and groups claim that it is destroying Manchar Lake. Read more about these toxic salts here.