Karachi: The recent heavy rains caused the floodwater coming from the Nai Gaj River and the Kirthar mountains to revive the Manchar Lake in Sindh, a news source reported on September 1. According to the details available, the lake’s water had become poisoned over the last three decades due to agriculture runoffs.
The Manchar Lake spans across 233 kilometres of the Jamshoro District in Sindh. It is the biggest freshwater lakes in all of South Asia. Home to the Batela community of fishermen, the lake’s water became toxic as the agriculture runoffs from Sindh and Balochistan fed into it following several dry spells.
The recent heavy rains in Sindh have caused Manchar Lake to once again become filled with freshwater. This comes as a relief to the local community that depends on it for a living.
A local activist said that the release of at least 500 cusecs of freshwater from the Indus river into Manchar Lake daily could keep its water non-toxic. He said it is possible to do so regularly.