GWADAR: Provision of water to Gwadar through Pakistan Navy tankers continued as another tanker, PNS Nasr, arrived at the port here on Friday with 1,000 tons of fresh drinking water.

Gwadar is facing an acute shortage of drinking water and Akra Dam, the main source of water supply to the town and adjoining areas, has dried up because of lack of rains in the catchments areas for a long time.

The ongoing efforts for transporting freshwater from Karachi to Gwadar through the navy’s tankers and its distribution in residential areas in coordination with the district administration are helping mitigate the alarming situation by ensuring persistent supply.

Commander, West, Commodore Muhammad Waris is supervising the relief efforts on behalf of Pakistan Navy.

A spokesman for the navy said the force had been making all possible efforts to address the crisis in the coastal area of Makran caused by low rainfall and scant water resources.

“The navy will continue its efforts in coming weeks, till the situation gets normal,” he said.

He said the 1,000 tons of drinking water had been supplied to the residents of Gwadar and adjoining areas on Friday.

Officials of Gwadar administration were present on the occasion.

Published in Dawn, February 6th, 2016

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